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

  • adj. Opposed to the practice or institution of slavery.

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  • adj. Opposed to the practice of slavery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Opposed to slavery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Opposed to slavery: as, an antislavery man; the antislavery agitation.
  • n. Opposition to slavery.


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  • In Jackson's second term the antislavery movement began in earnest; the Whig party was organized and named; the national debt was paid off, and the surplus distributed.

    A School History of the United States

  • We have already seen how deeply young Douglass was impressed with Mr. Garrison's writings in The Liberator, and it can be easily inferred that the word "antislavery" should have stirred him as no other word in the language of freedom.

    Frederick Douglass

  • Actually, white Southerners would have been pro-slavery without religion; while white Northerners likely would have been antislavery only because of religion.

    American Grace

  • Many historians link the Second Great Awakening to the birth of abolitionism; for example, regions where revival meetings were most intense tended subsequently to vote for antislavery candidates.

    American Grace

  • As a result, the antislavery denominations were located where there were very few blacks.

    American Grace

  • James Thome, the son of a Kentucky planter who joined the antislavery cause at Lane, declared that what he had seen growing up was “one great Sodom.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Theodore Dwight Weld no relation to Theodore Dwight, a leader of both the antislavery and school reform movements, aptly declared that inner restraints “are the web of civilized society, warp and woof.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Francis Wayland, a prominent theologian, antislavery activist, and longtime president of Brown University in the decades before the Civil War, spoke for many of the cloth when he warned that “thoughtless caprice,” “sensual self-indulgence,” and “reckless expense” were not only sinful but also socially ruinous.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • His business failures were due not only to his stubborn temperament and an unpredictable economy but also to his commitment to the antislavery cause.

    An Angry Prophet

  • Thomas Nast , whose antislavery political cartoons propelled him to notoriety in the 19th century, has ignited another uproar: whether his anti-Irish and -Catholic drawings should disqualify him from the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

    Cartoonist Draws Ire of N.J. Irish


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