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verb (used with object), dis·fran·chised, dis·fran·chis·ing.
  1. to deprive (a person) of a right of citizenship, as of the right to vote.
  2. to deprive of a franchise, privilege, or right.
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Origin of disfranchise

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at dis-1, franchise
Related formsdis·fran·chise·ment [dis-fran-chahyz-muh nt, -chiz-] /dɪsˈfræn tʃaɪz mənt, -tʃɪz-/, noundis·fran·chis·er, nounnon·dis·fran·chised, adjectiveun·dis·fran·chised, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • 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.


    W. E. B. Du Bois

  • The Democrats, seeing this, are now determined to disfranchise them.

  • Thomas Jones dared him to combat by accusing Ministers of seeking to disfranchise Ireland by corrupt means.

  • He would support a bill to disfranchise Dudley, and support another to enfranchise Old Sarum.

British Dictionary definitions for disfranchise


  1. another word for disenfranchise
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