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Meaning of SUFFRAGE

Pronunciation:  'sufrij

WordNet Dictionary
[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
  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.
             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.