- the right to vote, especially in a political election.
- a vote given in favor of a proposed measure, candidate, or the like.
- Ecclesiastical. a prayer, especially a short intercessory prayer or petition.
Origin of suffrage
Examples from the Web for suffrage
Time to put to good use the suffrage and the education that our foremothers of all classes and colors worked hard to win us.How Women (and Men) Can Have It All—Now
June 27, 2012
But these 60-somethings share more than the bonds of suffrage.Brazil’s Strong Stance on Women’s Rights
Julia E. Sweig
April 24, 2012
Ironically, the weekend incident raises an important question about whether there truly is suffrage for Muslim women in America.Let These Women Pray!
Asra Q. Nomani
February 27, 2010
I'm not speaking of suffrage now—that's only one nice little part.
I was rather in favor of suffrage, at least I felt indulgent about it.
Yes, said Adeimantus; and you may add my suffrage to Damon's and your own.The Republic
Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Education the criterion of the right of suffrage, not property.
- the right to vote, esp in public elections; franchise
- the exercise of such a right; casting a vote
- a supporting vote
- a prayer, esp a short intercessory prayer
Word Origin and History for suffrage
late 14c., "prayers or pleas on behalf of another," from Old French suffrage (13c.), from Medieval Latin suffragium, from Latin suffragium "support, vote, right of voting," from suffragari "lend support, vote for someone," from sub "under" (see sub-) + fragor "crash, din, shouts (as of approval)," related to frangere "to break" (see fraction). The meaning "right to vote" is first found in the U.S. Constitution, 1787.