A Dictionary of the English Language
                        A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson
        Search Transcribed Entries:


View Scan · View Transcription · from pages 58, 59

View Scan · View Transcription · from pages 58, 59

To Abo'lish. v.a. [from aboles, Lat. to blot out.]

  1. To annul.

    For us to abolish what he hath established, were presumption most intolerable. Hooker, b. iii. § 10.

    On the parliament's part it was proposed, that all the bishops, deans, and chapters, might be immediately taken away, and abolished. Clarendon, b. viii.

  2. To put an end to; to destroy.

    The long continued wars, between the English and the Scots, had then raised invincible jealousies and hate, which long continued peace hath since abolished. Sir John Hayward.

    That shall Perocles well requite, I wot,
    And, with thy blood, abolish so reproachful blot.
    Fairy Queen, b. ii. cant. 4. stanza 45.

            More destroyed than they,
    We should be quite abolish'd, and expire.
    Milton's Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 92.

           Or wilt thou thyself
    Abolish thy creation, and unmake
    For him, what for thy glory thou hast made?
    Idem, b. iii. l. 163.

    Fermented spirits contract, harden, and consolidate many fibres together, abolishing many canals; especially where the fibres are the tenderest, as in the brain. Arbuth. on Aliments

          Nor could Vulcanian flame
    The stench abolish, or the favour tame.
    Dryd. Virg. Geo. iii.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Clarendon, Edward (73) · Dryden, John (788) · Hayward, John (42) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Milton, John (449) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

Search for this word in: American Heritage · Cambridge · Dictionary.com · The Free Dictionary · Longman · Merriam-Webster · OneLook · Oxford Dictionaries · Vocabulary.com · Wiktionary · Wordnik

Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Abolish." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 22, 2014. https://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/abolish/.

johnsonsdictionaryonline.com is completely free to use. Johnson's dictionary is in the public domain, but please respect the hours of work put into this site by linking to it or crediting it. This site assumes no liability for its content or for the content of external sites linked to it, and has no warranty or guarantee concerning accuracy or availability.