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[suhf-ruh-jist] /ˈsʌf rə dʒɪst/
an advocate of the grant or extension of political suffrage, especially to women.
Origin of suffragist
First recorded in 1815-25; suffrage + -ist
Related forms
suffragism, noun
suffragistically, adverb
antisuffragist, noun, adjective
Can be confused
suffragist, suffragette. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for suffragist
Historical Examples
  • Because a woman is a suffragist is no reason that she may not be a good housekeeper.

  • Off and on, I should say at least fifty Colorado women have tried to make a suffragist of me.

    An American Suffragette Isaac N. Stevens
  • Hercules will always bow to Venus because she is Venus, though Venus be a suffragist.

  • The Prime Minister, between you and me, is as good a suffragist as any of us.

    The Convert

    Elizabeth Robins
  • It was then that I realised that I was not, heart and soul, a suffragist.

    Affinities and Other Stories Mary Roberts Rinehard
  • Now, however, she is a suffragist, but she refuses to say that she has been "converted" to suffragism.

  • This is probably not true of any suffragist, and it is most certainly not true of me.

    My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst
  • The Prime Minister, you will remember, called himself a suffragist.

    My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst
  • He professed himself a suffragist, and declared that he intended to vote for the bill.

    My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst
  • But you would want this woman you—intend to get to be a suffragist, wouldn't you?

    The Bachelors William Dana Orcutt
British Dictionary definitions for suffragist


an advocate of the extension of the franchise, esp to women
Derived Forms
suffragism, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for suffragist

1822, from suffrage + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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suffragist in Culture
suffragist [(suf-ruh-jist)]

A participant in the women's movement to win voting rights in the United States. The fight for women's suffrage was organized in the middle of the nineteenth century. Wyoming, while not yet a state, granted women's suffrage in 1869, though the struggle for universal suffrage was to last another fifty years. In 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing that no state could deny the right to vote on the basis of sex.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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