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In 1831, a movement was on foot to agitate the question of abolishing slavery.

I found it was "the act of abolishing;" but then I did not know what was to be abolished.

Provision is already taken place in Connecticut for abolishing it.

As to that abolishing he was perfectly conscious of his own weakness.

It came to him, this abolishing of Estelle, always more easily than it came to Claire.

Would you not recommend the abolishing of the interviewer entirely?

And to talk of abolishing Millionnaires, Charlie, is coming it strong.

The attempt to destroy faith, in the abolishing of religion.

"It has at least the merit of abolishing adultery," chuckled Charrigaud.

He thought that there was no better means of abolishing Christianity.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., from Middle French aboliss-, present participle stem of abolir "to abolish" (15c.), from Latin abolere "destroy, cause to die out, retard the growth of," perhaps from ab- "from" (see ab-) + adolere "to grow," from PIE *ol-eye-, causative of root *al- "to grow, nourish" (see old), and perhaps formed as an antonym to adolere. But the Latin word rather could be from a root in common with Greek ollymi, apollymi "destroy." Tucker writes that there has been a confusion of forms in Latin, based on similar roots, one meaning "to grow," the other "to destroy." Application to persons and concrete objects has long been obsolete. Related: Abolished; abolishing.

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