Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: A-BOL'ISH – A-BORSE'MENT
A-BOL'ISH, v.t. [Fr. abolir; L. aboleo; from ab and oleo, olesco, to grow.]
- To make void; to annul; to abrogate; applied chiefly and appropriately to established laws, contracts, rites, customs and institutions; as, to abolish laws by a repeal, actual or virtual.
- To destroy, or put an end to; as, to abolish idols, Isa. ii.; to abolish death, 2 Tim. i. This sense is not common. To abolish posterity, in the translation of Pausanias, lib. 3, ca. 6, is hardly allowable.
That may be annulled, abrogated, or destroyed, as a law, rite, custom, &c.
Annulled; repealed; abrogated, or destroyed.
One who abolishes.
Making void; annulling; destroying.
The act of annulling; abrogation; destruction. – Hooker.
A-BOL-I'TION, n. [abolish'un.]
- The act of abolishing; or the state of being abolished; an annulling; abrogation; utter destruction; as the abolition of laws, decrees, ordinances rites, customs, debts, &c.
- The putting an end to slavery; emancipation. The application of this word to persons and things, is now unusual or obsolete. To abolish persons, canals and senses, the language of good writers formerly, is no longer legitimate.
The principles of an abolitionist.
A person who favors abolition, the immediate emancipation of slaves.
A-BOL'LA, n. [L.]
An ancient military garment, worn by the Greeks and Romans.
AB-O-MA'SUM, or AB-O-MA'SUS, n. [L. omasum.]
The fourth stomach of a ruminant animal; the maw.
A-BOM'IN-A-BLE, a. [See Abominate.]
- Very hateful; detestable; lothesome.
- This word is applicable to whatever is odious to the mind or offensive to the senses. – Milton.
- Unclean. – Lev. vii.
The quality or state of being very odious; hatefulness.
- Very odiously; detestably; sinfully. – 1 Kings xxi.
- In vulgar language, extremely, excessively.
A-BOM'IN-ATE, v.t. [L. abomino, supposed to be formed by ab and omen; to deprecate as ominous; May the gods avert the evil!]
To hate extremely; to abhor; to detest. – Smaller.
Hated utterly; detested; abhorred.
Abhorring; hating extremely.
- Extreme hatred; detestation. – Swift.
- The object of detestation, a common signification in Scripture. The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord. – Prov. xv.
- Hence, defilement, pollution, in a physical sense, or evil doctrines and practices, which are moral defilements, idols and idolatry, are called abominations. The Jews were an abomination to the Egyptians; and the sacred animals of the Egyptians were an abomination to the Jews. The Roman army is called the abomination of desolation. – Matt. xxiv. 13. In short, whatever is an object of extreme hatred, is called an abomination.
A-BORD', n. [Fr. See Border.]
Literally, arrival, but used for first appearance, manner of accosting, or address, but not an English word. – Chesterfield.
To accost. [Not in use.]
A species of duck, called by Edwards, the black-bellied whistling duck. This fowl is of a reddish brown color, with a sort of crest on its head; the belly is spotted with black and white. It belongs to the genus Anas.
AB-O-RIG'IN-AL, a. [L. ab and origo, origin. See Origin.]
First; original; aboriginal people are the first inhabitants of a country. Aboriginal tribes of America. – President Smith.
An original inhabitant. The first settlers in a country are called aboriginals; as, the Celts in Europe, and Indians in America. – President Smith.
AB-O-RIG'IN-ES, n. [plur. but not an English word. It may be well to let it pass into disuse. See Aboriginal.]
A-BORSE'MENT, n. [abors'ment. [See Abort.]
Abortion. [Not in use.]