from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To do away with; annul.
- transitive v. To destroy completely.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To do away with wholly; to annul; to make void; -- said of laws, customs, institutions, governments, etc..
- transitive v. To put an end to, or destroy, as a physical objects; to wipe out.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To do away with; put an end to; destroy; efface or obliterate; annihilate: as, to abolish customs or institutions; to abolish slavery; to abolish idols (Isa. ii. 18); to abolish death (2 Tim. i. 10).
- Synonyms To Abolish, Repeal, Rescind, Recall, Revoke, Abrogate, Annul, Cancel, end, destroy, do away with, set aside, nullify, annihilate, quash, vacate, make void, extirpate, eradicate, suppress, uproot, erase, expunge. Abolish is a strong word, and signifies a complete removal, generally but not always by a summary act. It is the word specially used in connection with things that have been long established or deeply rooted, as an institution or a custom: as, to abolish slavery or polygamy. Repeal is generally used of the formal rescinding of a legislative act. Abrogate, to abolish summarily, more often as the act of a ruler, but sometimes of a representative body. Annul, literally to bring to nothing, to deprive of all force or obligation, as a law or contract. Rescind (literally, to cut short) is coextensive in meaning with both repeal and annul. Recall, revoke (see renounce). Cancel is not used of laws, but of deeds, bonds, contracts, etc., and figuratively of whatever may be thought of as crossed out.
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- v. do away with
Middle English abolisshen, from Old French abolir, aboliss-, from Latin abolēre.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English abolisshen, from Middle French abolir ("to abolish"), from Latin abolēre ("destroy, cause to die out"), present active infinitive of aboleō ("destroy, abolish"), abolesco ("to wither, to decay"), from ab ("from, away from") + oleō ("to grow"). (Wiktionary)