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Meaning of SUFFRAGE

Pronunciation:  'sufrij

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a legal right guaranteed by the 15th amendment to the US constitution; guaranteed to women by the 19th amendment; "American women got the vote in 1920"
 

SUFFRAGE is a 8 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: right to vote, vote
 
 See Also: franchise

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Suf"frage\, n. [F., fr. L. suffragium; perhaps
    originally, a broken piece, a potsherd, used in voting, and
    fr. sub under + the root of frangere to break. See {Break}.]
    1. A vote given in deciding a controverted question, or in
       the choice of a man for an office or trust; the formal
       expression of an opinion; assent; vote.
    
             I ask your voices and your suffrages. --Shak.
    
    2. Testimony; attestation; witness; approval.
    
             Lactantius and St. Austin confirm by their suffrage
             the observation made by heathen writers.
                                                   --Atterbury.
    
             Every miracle is the suffrage of Heaven to the truth
             of a doctrine.                        --South.
    
    3. (Eccl.)
       (a) A short petition, as those after the creed in matins
           and evensong.
       (b) A prayer in general, as one offered for the faithful
           departed. --Shipley.
    
                 I firmly believe that there is a purgatory, and
                 that the souls therein detained are helped by
                 the suffrages of the faithful.    --Creed of
                                                   Pope Pius IV.
    
    4. Aid; assistance. [A Latinism] [Obs.]
    
    
    
    
  2. \Suf"frage\, v. t.
    To vote for; to elect. [Obs.] --Milton.
    
    
    
    
 

 

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