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 for abolish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Abolish \A*bol"ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abolished; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Abolishing.] [F. abolir, L. abolere, aboletum; ab +
     olere to grow. Cf. Finish.]
     1. To do away with wholly; to annul; to make void; -- said of
        laws, customs, institutions, governments, etc.; as, to
        abolish slavery, to abolish folly.
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     2. To put an end to, or destroy, as a physical objects; to
        wipe out. [Archaic]
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              And with thy blood abolish so reproachful blot.
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              His quick instinctive hand
              Caught at the hilt, as to abolish him. --Tennyson.
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     Syn: To Abolish, Repeal, Abrogate, Revoke, Annul,
          Nullify, Cancel.
     Usage: These words have in common the idea of setting aside
            by some overruling act. Abolish applies particularly
            to things of a permanent nature, such as institutions,
            usages, customs, etc.; as, to abolish monopolies,
            serfdom, slavery. Repeal describes the act by which
            the legislature of a state sets aside a law which it
            had previously enacted. Abrogate was originally
            applied to the repeal of a law by the Roman people;
            and hence, when the power of making laws was usurped
            by the emperors, the term was applied to their act of
            setting aside the laws. Thus it came to express that
            act by which a sovereign or an executive government
            sets aside laws, ordinances, regulations, treaties,
            conventions, etc. Revoke denotes the act of recalling
            some previous grant which conferred, privilege, etc.;
            as, to revoke a decree, to revoke a power of attorney,
            a promise, etc. Thus, also, we speak of the revocation
            of the Edict of Nantes. Annul is used in a more
            general sense, denoting simply to make void; as, to
            annul a contract, to annul an agreement. Nullify is an
            old word revived in this country, and applied to the
            setting of things aside either by force or by total
            disregard; as, to nullify an act of Congress. Cancel
            is to strike out or annul, by a deliberate exercise of
            power, something which has operative force.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: do away with; "Slavery was abolished in the mid-19th
           century in America and in Russia" [syn: abolish, get rid
           of] [ant: establish, found, launch, set up]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  56 Moby Thesaurus words for "abolish":
     abate, abrogate, annihilate, annul, blot out, bring to naught,
     cancel, countermand, counterorder, delete, demolish, deracinate,
     destroy, disallow, disannul, do away with, eliminate, end,
     eradicate, erase, expunge, exterminate, extinguish, extirpate,
     invalidate, liquidate, make void, negate, negative, nullify,
     obliterate, override, overrule, quash, recall, recant, renege,
     repeal, rescind, retract, reverse, revoke, root out, set aside,
     stamp out, suspend, terminate, undo, uproot, vacate, vitiate, void,
     waive, wipe out, withdraw, write off

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