• WordNet 3.6
    • v affranchise grant freedom to; as from slavery or servitude "Slaves were enfranchised in the mid-19th century"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Affranchise To make free; to enfranchise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • affranchise To make free; enfranchise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Affranchise af-fran′chiz to free from slavery, or from some obligation.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. affranchir,; ,L. ad,) + franc, free. See Franchise and Frank
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. afranchir, afranchiss-, from à, to, franchir, to free, franc, free. See Frank.


In literature:

Before witnessing the affranchisement of the slaves, we shall, therefore, witness the affranchisement of American politics.
"The Uprising of a Great People" by Count Agénor de Gasparin
But for both, it is deliverance from all evil, it is supreme affranchisement.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
The affranchisement of cities developed municipal organization.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
I have just digested a most interesting book by M. Novicow, entitled 'L'Affranchisement de la Femme.
"Rambles in Womanland" by Max O'Rell
He asserts that which is very true, that Christian princes only affranchised their serfs through avarice.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)