Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of liberating or the state of being liberated.
  • n. The act or process of trying to achieve equal rights and status.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of liberating or the state of being liberated.
  • n. The process of striving to achieve equal rights and status.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of liberating or the state of being liberated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of liberating or setting free; deliverance from restraint or confinement; enlargement; disengagement, as from constraint or obligation, or from mixture: as, liberation from prison or from debt; the liberation of a country from tyrannical government; the liberation of a gas.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the attempt to achieve equal rights or status
  • n. the act of liberating someone or something
  • n. the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)

Etymologies

From French libération, from Latin liberatio ("a freeing"), from liberare past participle liberatus ("set free"); see liberate. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This meaning, from our Occidental viewpoint, is best translated in the term liberation, signifying to be set free from the limitations of sense, and of self-consciousness, and to have glimpsed the larger area of consciousness, that takes in the very cosmos.

    Cosmic Consciousness

  • Over 95 per cent of the borrowers are women, and their liberation is a major concern for Yunus and Grameen Bank.

    The Nobel Peace Prize 2006 - Presentation Speech

  • We're also told that it is meant to mark the two-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, what they call the liberation of Baghdad.

    CNN Transcript Apr 12, 2005

  • But while people are enjoying what they call their liberation, life in the capital is a struggle.

    NPR Topics: News

  • BEIJING -- China marked 50 years of direct control over Tibet on Saturday, raising the national flag in the regional capital and commemorating a new political holiday honoring what it calls the liberation of slaves from brutal feudal rule.

    CTV News RSS Feed

  • BEIJING - China marked 50 years of direct control over Tibet on Saturday, raising the national flag in the regional capital and commemorating a new political holiday honoring what it calls the liberation of slaves from brutal feudal rule.

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  • China has declared today a new political holiday, honoring what it calls the liberation of slaves from brutal feudal rule.

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  • “He insisted it be called Africa Liberation Day, not just Africa Day, because that sounds like celebrating something in the past whereas Africa's liberation is a struggle still to be achieved.”

    Global Voices in English » Africa: Remembering Dr. Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem

  • Are the organisers, while completely well-meaning, pushing a Western interpretation of “empowerment” where beauty and liberation is equated with being sexy and showing skin?

    Global Voices in English » Cambodia: Miss Landmine Pageant Raises Questions

  • AB: The only thing Aqua Buddha endorses is liberation from the wheel of suffering.

    Exclusive -- interview with Aqua Buddha

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