Pronunciation: (ab"u-lish'u-nist), [key]
1. (esp. prior to the Civil War) a person who advocated or supported the abolition of slavery in the U.S.
2. a person who favors the abolition of any law or practice deemed harmful to society: the abolitionists who are opposed to capital punishment.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.