Synonyms for abolish usually mean to do away with, bring absolutely to an end,
especially as something hostile, hindering, or harmful, was formerly used of persons and material objects, a usage
now obsolete except in poetry or highly figurative speech.
Synonyms for abolish are now used of institutions, customs, and conditions, especially those
wide-spread and long existing; as, to abolish slavery, ignorance, intemperance, poverty.
A building that is burned to the ground is said to be destroyed by fire.
Annihilate, as a philosophical term, signifies to put absolutely out of existence. As far as our knowledge
goes, matter is never annihilated, but only changes its form. Some believe that the wicked will be
Abolish is not said of laws. There we use repeal, abrogate, nullify, etc.:
repeal by the enacting body, nullify by revolutionary proceedings; a later statute abrogates,
without formally repealing, any earlier law with which it conflicts.
An appellate court may reverse or set aside the decision of an inferior court.
Overthrow may be used in either a good or a bad sense; suppress is commonly in a good, subvert
always in a bad sense; as, to subvert our liberties; to suppress a rebellion.
The law prohibits what may never have existed; it abolishes an existing evil. We abate a
nuisance, terminate a controversy.
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Antonyms for Abolish
authorize, establish, reinstate, revive, cherish,
institute, renew, set up, confirm, introduce, repair, support, continue, legalize, restore, sustain, enact,
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