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suffrage

[suhf-rij]
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noun
  1. the right to vote, especially in a political election.
  2. a vote given in favor of a proposed measure, candidate, or the like.
  3. Ecclesiastical. a prayer, especially a short intercessory prayer or petition.
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Origin of suffrage

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin suffrāgium voting tablet, vote, equivalent to Latin suffrāg(ārī) to vote for, support + -ium -ium
Related formsan·ti·suf·frage, adjectivenon·suf·frage, nounpre·suf·frage, nounpro·suf·frage, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for suffrage

suffrage

noun
  1. the right to vote, esp in public elections; franchise
  2. the exercise of such a right; casting a vote
  3. a supporting vote
  4. a prayer, esp a short intercessory prayer
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin suffrāgium
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Word Origin and History for suffrage

n.

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.

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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.)

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