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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.
Contemporary Examples

Ironically, the weekend incident raises an important question about whether there truly is suffrage for Muslim women in America.
Let These Women Pray! Asra Q. Nomani February 26, 2010

But these 60-somethings share more than the bonds of suffrage.
Brazil’s Strong Stance on Women’s Rights Julia E. Sweig April 23, 2012

Time to put to good use the suffrage and the education that our foremothers of all classes and colors worked hard to win us.
How Women (and Men) Can Have It All—Now Elizabeth Gregory June 26, 2012

Historical Examples

I’m not speaking of suffrage now—that’s only one nice little part.
The Harbor Ernest Poole

Yes, said Adeimantus; and you may add my suffrage to Damon’s and your own.
The Republic Plato

Among other repressive measures he was instructed to deprive mere housekeepers of the suffrage and limit it to freeholders.
Give Me Liberty Thomas J. Wertenbaker

Education the criterion of the right of suffrage, not property.
The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 2, August, 1863 Various

The most amazing information appeared from week to week concerning the growth of sentiment in favour of suffrage for women.
The Co-Citizens Corra Harris

It is claimed that if the suffrage be given to women it is to protect them.
The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV Various

She said simply to Herbert that she was glad of his assured increase of interest in women’s suffrage.
Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons

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

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.
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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