an individual who favors the abolition of any institution specifically negro slavery
- a reformer just who favors abolishing slavery
- an individual who prefers the abolition of any institution, particularly negro slavery.
1792, initially in mention of the the slave-trade, from abolition + -ist. In Britain, used 20c. to supporters of ending capital discipline.
(n.) Someone who favors the abolition of every institution, specifically negro slavery.
In 1865 at the close of the war, he declared that, slavery being abolished, his career as an abolitionist was ended.