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disenfranchise

[dis-en-fran-chahyz]
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verb (used with object), dis·en·fran·chised, dis·en·fran·chis·ing.
  1. to disfranchise.

Origin of disenfranchise

First recorded in 1620–30; dis-1 + enfranchise
Related formsdis·en·fran·chise·ment [dis-en-fran-chahyz-muh nt, -chiz-] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz mənt, -tʃɪz-/, noun
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  • The whole thing is gone, and for my part I wish they'd disenfranchise the borough.

    Phineas Finn

    Anthony Trollope

  • I wish they'd disenfranchise the whole country, and send us a military governor.

    Phineas Finn

    Anthony Trollope

  • Not only this, but he proposed to the provincial assembly a measure to disenfranchise all persons who have concubines.


British Dictionary definitions for disenfranchise

disenfranchise

disfranchise

verb (tr)
  1. to deprive (a person) of the right to vote or other rights of citizenship
  2. to deprive (a place) of the right to send representatives to an elected body
  3. to deprive (a business concern, etc) of some privilege or right
  4. to deprive (a person, place, etc) of any franchise or right
Derived Formsdisenfranchisement (ˌdɪsɪnˈfræntʃɪzmənt) or disfranchisement, noun
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Word Origin and History for disenfranchise

v.

"deprive of civil or electoral privileges," 1640s, from dis- + enfranchise. Earlier form was disfranchise (mid-15c.). Related: Disenfranchised; disenfranchisement.

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