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abolish Line breaks: abol|ish
Pronunciation: /əˈbɒlɪʃ/

Definition of abolish in English:


[with object]
Formally put an end to (a system, practice, or institution): the tax was abolished in 1977
More example sentences
  • The society added that abolishing the current system of debt recovery would discourage firms from advancing credit or lending money.
  • Koreans are now divided over the sensitive issue of abolishing the system.
  • He suggested that abolishing the current system would discourage firms from advancing credit.
put an end to, do away with, get rid of, scrap, end, stop, terminate, eradicate, eliminate, exterminate, destroy, annihilate, stamp out, obliterate, wipe out, extinguish, quash, expunge, extirpate;
annul, cancel, invalidate, nullify, void, dissolve, erase, delete;
discontinue, remove, withdraw, retract, countermand, excise, drop, jettison, vitiate, abrogate
informal axe, ditch, junk, scrub, dump, chop, give something the chop, knock something on the head
rare deracinate


Example sentences
  • The functions of the abolishable Federal Border Guard Service of the Russian Federation shall be assigned to the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation
  • I have been ‘banged up’ in three British prisons, and I would like to give people an insight into the true nature of prison - how irrational and arbitrary a place it is, and how eminently abolishable it is.
Example sentences
  • The Bad Guys were the European Union, the sexual liberals, the would-be abolishers of the pound and the Bureaucrats.
  • I suppose they did not think that, having been published before the deluge, it could have safely survived that world-wide calamity, the abolisher of all things.
  • But Ms Witheford, wary of having the ARM branded as abolishers of holidays, promised that when Australia became a republic the ARM would recommend a Republic Day holiday to be held on the anniversary of that frabjous day.
Pronunciation: /əˈbɒlɪʃmənt/
Example sentences
  • They demanded the abolishment of Ministry of Education Decree No.501 / 1993, which obliges female students not to cover their ears with their headscarves when taking photographs for their school IDs.
  • And I would like the abolishment of the offside rule.
  • Largely in this tradition, Marx believed that differences in economic wealth are the ultimate cause of human misfortune, and therefore needed abolishment, along with class society.


Late Middle English: from Old French aboliss-, lengthened stem of abolir, from Latin abolere 'destroy'.

Words that rhyme with abolish

demolish, spit-and-polish
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