Definition of liberation in English:

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Pronunciation: /lɪbəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression; release: the liberation of all political prisoners
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  • The protesters were torn about the "liberation" of the Iraqi people.
  • They firmly oppose the national liberation of the oppressed Balkan peoples.
  • The liberation of Kabul led to a decision to re-open the UK diplomatic mission.
freeing, release, discharge, deliverance, salvation, rescue, relief, extrication, setting free;
loosing, unloosing, unshackling, unfettering, unchaining, untying, unbinding;
freedom, liberty;
French laissez-aller
historical manumission
rare disenthralment
freedom, equality, equal rights, non-discrimination, emancipation, enfranchisement, independence
1.1Freedom from limits on thought or behaviour: the struggle for women’s liberation
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  • We have male allies, people who really do care about liberation for everyone.
  • The author's presentation of freedom of choice informed by critical thinking furnishes a sense of liberation.
  • She has not lost her passion for women's liberation; nor has she abandoned her analysis of patriarchy.



Pronunciation: /ˌlɪbəˈreɪʃənɪst/
Example sentences
  • Their tale - under a pseudonym - was hailed by Time magazine for showing ‘strong support for the major contention of women's liberationists: that conventional patterns of masculine and feminine behaviour can be altered’.
  • The panelists included anti-imperialists and black liberationists, and the attendees were students I knew from my sociology class, activists I had supported in their various causes, and friends.
  • Although they differ in their views of serial monogamy, sexual liberationists and moral traditionalists alike tend to cite three causes for the trend: technology, feminism and the decline in religion.

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