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manumit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v manumit free from slavery or servitude
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Manumit To release from slavery; to liberate from personal bondage or servitude; to free, as a slave. "Manumitted slaves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • manumit To release from slavery; liberate from personal bondage or servitude; set free, as a slave; emancipate.
    • manumit Synonyms Enfranchise, Liberate, etc. See emancipate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Manumit man-ū-mit′ to release from slavery: to set free, as a slave
    • pr.p Manumit manūmit′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. manūmit′ted
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. manumittere, manumissum,; manus, the hand + mittere, to send, to send off. See Manual, and Missile

Usage

In literature:

Thereafter what English slaves were brought to Algiers he purchased, manumitted, and found means to send home again.
"The Sea-Hawk" by Raphael Sabatini
Miss Wright lately passed through New Orleans with thirty negros which she had manumitted, and was then going to establish them at Hayti.
"A Ramble of Six Thousand Miles through the United States of America" by S. A. Ferrall
The government to pay full cash value for slaves voluntarily manumitted by their owners.
"A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln" by John G. Nicolay
You must be aware that they could not remain in Virginia after they were manumitted.
"Aunt Phillis's Cabin" by Mary H. Eastman
The slave could be manumitted by his master and soon became a citizen.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
Now that provision was made for the freedmen the slaveholder felt at liberty to manumit his slaves.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 2, 1917" by Various
Dr. Sprenger (Life of Mohammad, p. 159) explains this verse of the seven slaves purchased and manumitted by Abu Bekr.
"A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihád'" by Moulavi Gerágh Ali
Statius had been manumitted by Quintus Cicero, and there had been much talk about it, as we have already heard.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
Occasionally men were manumitted in order that they might be ordained as clergymen.
"An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England" by Edward Potts Cheyney
His daughter, never having been manumitted, was inventoried and sold with the other property.
"Among the Pines" by James R. Gilmore
Individuals were manumitted on account of the gain to the master.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The few free blacks are either manumitted slaves or their descendants: they are mostly mechanics engaged in trade.
"A New Voyage Round the World in the Years 1823, 24, 25, and 26. Vol. 1" by Otto von Kotzebue
There were in them all about 4,000 colonists, a great portion of whom were manumitted slaves.
"Discussion on American Slavery" by George Thompson
He gave the law, that every shire in the kingdom should annually manumit one thrall.
"The Story of Norway" by Hjalmar H. Boyesen
Several negroes with their wives were manumitted on the ground of long and faithful service.
"Dutch and English on the Hudson" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
Before she left America, Phillis was formally manumitted.
"The Negro in Literature and Art in the United States" by Benjamin Brawley
He, a Jew, a manumitted slave, a barbarian!
"Saul of Tarsus" by Elizabeth Miller
Not inferior to their white comrades were the manumitted negroes.
"The South American Republics Part I of II" by Thomas C. Dawson
The apostle is sending back the slave with the request that he be forgiven and manumitted.
"The Making of the New Testament" by Benjamin W. Bacon
The ceremony in manumitting a slave.
"The Teaching of Epictetus" by Epictetus
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In poetry:

But have faith that Time the Scourger will be even with the perjure,
When shall greener be the verdure upon Aspromonte's slope,
When the populations fitted to be wholly manumitted,
Shall be trampled nor outwitted, or by Emperor or Pope.
"Aspromonte" by Alfred Austin