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  1. an advocate of the grant or extension of political suffrage, especially to women.
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Origin of suffragist

First recorded in 1815–25; suffrage + -ist
Related formssuf·fra·gism, nounsuf·fra·gis·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·suf·fra·gist, noun, adjective
Can be confusedsuffragist suffragette
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Related Words

resident, citizen, taxpayer, suffragist

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.

    The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV


  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for suffragist


  1. an advocate of the extension of the franchise, esp to women
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Derived Formssuffragism, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for suffragist


1822, from suffrage + -ist.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

suffragist in Culture



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.

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