- 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 pro-suffrage
Historical Examples of pro-suffrage
Of the fifteen dailies of New York City ten were pro-suffrage, while the rural press was overwhelmingly in favor.
- 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 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.