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Aboli'tion. n.s. [from abolish.] The act of abolishing. This is now more frequently used than abolishment.

From the total abolition of the popular power, may be dated the ruin of Rome: for had the reducing hereof to its ancient condition, proposed by Agrippa, been accepted instead of Mæcenas's model, that state might have continued unto this day. Grew's Cosmologia Sacra, b.iii. c. 4.

An apoplexy is a sudden abolition of all the senses, external and internal, and of all voluntary motion, by the stoppage of the flux and reflux of the animal spirits through the nerves destined for those motions. Arbuthnot on Diet.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Grew, Nehemiah (36)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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