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[suhf-rij] /ˈsʌf rɪdʒ/
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
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin suffrāgium voting tablet, vote, equivalent to Latin suffrāg(ārī) to vote for, support + -ium -ium
Related forms
antisuffrage, adjective
nonsuffrage, noun
presuffrage, noun
prosuffrage, adjective Unabridged
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  • I'm not speaking of suffrage now—that's only one nice little part.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • We got the best speech in favour of Woman's suffrage that any of us ever heard.'

    The Convert Elizabeth Robins
  • Among other repressive measures he was instructed to deprive mere housekeepers of the suffrage and limit it to freeholders.

    Give Me Liberty Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • How did you working men get the suffrage, we asked ourselves.

    The Convert Elizabeth Robins
  • The most amazing information appeared from week to week concerning the growth of sentiment in favour of suffrage for women.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • But strict equality in the right of suffrage is not granted.

  • She said simply to Herbert that she was glad of his assured increase of interest in women's suffrage.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
British Dictionary definitions for suffrage


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
C14: from Latin suffrāgium
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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suffrage in Culture
suffrage [(suf-rij)]

The right to vote (see franchise). In the United States, the term is often associated with the women's movement to win voting rights. (See suffragist.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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