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Origin of disenfranchise

First recorded in 1620–30; dis-1 + enfranchise
Related formsdis·en·fran·chise·ment [dis-en-fran-chahyz-muh nt, -chiz-] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz mənt, -tʃɪz-/, noun
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verb (tr)
  1. to deprive (a person) of the right to vote or other rights of citizenship
  2. to deprive (a place) of the right to send representatives to an elected body
  3. to deprive (a business concern, etc) of some privilege or right
  4. to deprive (a person, place, etc) of any franchise or right
Derived Formsdisenfranchisement (ˌdɪsɪnˈfræntʃɪzmənt) or disfranchisement, noun
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Word Origin and History for disenfranchised



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

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