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[dis-en-fran-chahyz] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz/
verb (used with object), disenfranchised, disenfranchising.
to disfranchise.
Origin of disenfranchise
First recorded in 1620-30; dis-1 + enfranchise
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[dis-en-fran-chahyz-muh nt, -chiz-] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz mənt, -tʃɪz-/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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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


verb (transitive)
to deprive (a person) of the right to vote or other rights of citizenship
to deprive (a place) of the right to send representatives to an elected body
to deprive (a business concern, etc) of some privilege or right
to deprive (a person, place, etc) of any franchise or right
Derived Forms
disenfranchisement (ˌdɪsɪnˈfræntʃɪzmənt), disfranchisement, noun
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Word Origin and History for disenfranchise

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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