suffrage


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to suffrage: Suffrage movement, Male suffrage

suf·frage

 (sŭf′rĭj)
n.
1.
a. The right or privilege of voting; franchise.
b. The exercise of such a right.
2. A vote cast in deciding a disputed question or in electing a person to office.
3. A short intercessory prayer.

[Middle English, intercessory prayer, from Old French, from Medieval Latin suffrāgium, from Latin, the right to vote, from suffrāgārī, to express support; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.]

suffrage

(ˈsʌfrɪdʒ)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the right to vote, esp in public elections; franchise
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the exercise of such a right; casting a vote
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a supporting vote
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a prayer, esp a short intercessory prayer
[C14: from Latin suffrāgium]

suf•frage

(ˈsʌf rɪdʒ)

n.
1. the right to vote, esp. in a political election.
2. a vote given in favor of a proposed measure, candidate, or the like.
3. a prayer, esp. a short intercessory prayer or petition.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin suffrāgium voting tablet, vote = Latin suffrāg(ārī) to vote for, support + -ium -ium1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.suffrage - a legal right guaranteed by the 15th amendment to the US Constitutionsuffrage - 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"
universal suffrage - suffrage for all adults who are not disqualified by the laws of the country
enfranchisement, franchise - a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

suffrage

noun right to vote, vote, franchise, voice, ballot, consent, enfranchisement the women's suffrage movement

suffrage

noun
The right or chance to express an opinion or participate in a decision:
Informal: say-so.
Translations
إقْتِراع، تَصْويتحَق الإقْتِراع
hlasovánívolební právo
afstemningstemmeretvalg
atkvæîagreiîslakosningaréttur
rinkimų teisėsufražistė
balsošanabalsstiesībasvēlēšanu tiesības
hlasovacie právo
oy vermeoy verme hakkı

suffrage

[ˈsʌfrɪdʒ] N
1. (= franchise) → sufragio m
universal suffragesufragio m universal
2. (frm) (= vote) → sufragio m, voto m

suffrage

[ˈsʌfrɪdʒ] nsuffrage m

suffrage

nWahl- or Stimmrecht nt; (form: = vote) → Stimme f; universal suffragedas allgemeine Wahlrecht; female suffragedas Frauenstimmrecht

suffrage

[ˈsʌfrɪdʒ] nsuffragio

suffrage

(ˈsafridʒ) noun
1. the right to vote.
2. voting.
ˌsuffraˈgette (-ˈdʒet) noun
one of the women who worked and fought for women's right to vote.
References in classic literature ?
She gave one of her town houses for a Suffrage headquarters, produced one of her own plays at the Princess Theater, was arrested for picketing during a garment-makers' strike, etc.
And what worthier candidate, --more wise and learned, more noted for philanthropic liberality, truer to safe principles, tried oftener by public trusts, more spotless in private character, with a larger stake in the common welfare, and deeper grounded, by hereditary descent, in the faith and practice of the Puritans,--what man can be presented for the suffrage of the people, so eminently combining all these claims to the chief-rulership as Judge Pyncheon here before us?
First, a modified monarchy, till Arthur's days were done, then the destruction of the throne, nobility abolished, every member of it bound out to some useful trade, universal suffrage instituted, and the whole government placed in the hands of the men and women of the nation there to remain.
Here you have the United States of America, home of liberty, theatre of manhood suffrage, kingless and lordless land of Protection, Republicanism, and the realized Radical Programme, where all the black chattel slaves were turned into wage-slaves (like my father's white fellows) at a cost of 800,000 lives and wealth incalculable.
An exact equality of suffrage between the members has also been insisted upon as a leading feature of a confederate government.
We then spoke of the great beauty and importance of Democracy, and were at much trouble in impressing the Count with a due sense of the advantages we enjoyed in living where there was suffrage ad libitum, and no king.
The five, who elect each other, have very great and extensive powers; and these choose the hundred, who are magistrates of the highest rank: their power also continues longer than any other magistrates, for it commences before they come into office, and is prolonged after they are out of it; and in this particular the state inclines to an oligarchy: but as they are not elected by lot, but by suffrage, and are not permitted to take money, they are the greatest supporters imaginable of an aristocracy.
Parties of principle, as, religious sects, or the party of free-trade, of universal suffrage, of abolition of slavery, of abolition of capital punishment,--degenerate into personalities, or would inspire enthusiasm.
She had taken her degree in geology and mineralogy in the University of London, and while working upon the auriferous rocks of North Wales, after a brief holiday spent in agitating for women's suffrage, she had been struck by the possibility of these reefs cropping up again under the water.
As a rule, I believe in universal, free suffrage, but I believe that in the South we are confronted with peculiar conditions that justify the protection of the ballot in many of the states, for a while at least, either by an education test, a property test, or by both combined; but whatever tests are required, they should be made to apply with equal and exact justice to both races.
And directly she had crossed the road at Holborn, her thoughts all came naturally and regularly to roost upon her work, and she forgot that she was, properly speaking, an amateur worker, whose services were unpaid, and could hardly be said to wind the world up for its daily task, since the world, so far, had shown very little desire to take the boons which Mary's society for woman's suffrage had offered it.
Questions that really matter to people's lives, the White Slave Traffic, Women Suffrage, the Insurance Bill, and so on.