- to deprive (a person) of a right of citizenship, as of the right to vote.
- to deprive of a franchise, privilege, or right.
Origin of disfranchise
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Examples from the Web for disfranchise
When the work is done, it is unfair to disfranchise any of the participants.Women and the Alphabet
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
To disfranchise women is deliberately to turn from knowledge and grope in ignorance.Darkwater
W. E. B. Du Bois
The Democrats, seeing this, are now determined to disfranchise them.The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)
Ida Husted Harper
Thomas Jones dared him to combat by accusing Ministers of seeking to disfranchise Ireland by corrupt means.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
He would support a bill to disfranchise Dudley, and support another to enfranchise Old Sarum.
- another word for disenfranchise
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