One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbmanumitting, manumits, manumitted[with object]historical
Release from slavery; set free.‘old Angus had never manumitted a single slave’
set free, free, release, let out, let go, discharge, let loose, set loose, deliver, save, rescue, extricateView synonyms
- ‘Gradually they have been manumitted; the slaves are free, women vote, young people have a childhood and a charter, the mentally unstable given a place, the disabled access.’
- ‘It even seemed possible that they could improve the conditions of slaves and persuade ever more planters to manumit their bondsmen.’
- ‘They manumitted them if they were children of slave women and deeded them property.’
- ‘In response, members of the Georgia and South Carolina Congressional delegations intimated that if Congress attempted to manumit slaves, their states would leave the Union.’
- ‘To be manumitted, slaves required ‘free papers,’ even when masters failed to confer these promised documents, either through callousness, unexpected debt, or untimely death.’
Late Middle English: from Latin manumittere, literally ‘send forth from the hand’, from manus ‘hand’ + mittere ‘send’.
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