• WordNet 3.6
    • n disfranchisement the discontinuation of a franchise; especially the discontinuation of the right to vote
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Disfranchisement The act of disfranchising, or the state of being disfranchised; deprivation of privileges of citizenship or of chartered immunities. "Sentenced first to dismission from the court, and then to disfranchisement and expulsion from the colony."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disfranchisement The act of dis-franchising, or the state of being disfranchised; deprivation of the privileges of a free citizen, or of membership in a corporation, or of some particular immunity or privilege, especially that of voting. Formerly sometimes written diffranchisement.
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In literature:

In the convention were proposed the most stringent of all suffrage laws which would practically disfranchise many whites.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 2, 1917" by Various
Puritans had to swear on the Bible, which they regarded wicked, or be disfranchised.
"History of the United States, Vol. I (of VI)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
A clause in this Bill, for giving pecuniary compensation to the disfranchised boroughs, was fatal to its reception.
"Memoirs of the Courts and Cabinets of George the Third" by The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
Five-sixths of the male population disfranchised by Puritan bigotry and intolerance at Massachusetts Bay.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2" by Egerton Ryerson
Five-sixths of the male population disfranchised by Puritan bigotry and intolerance at Massachusetts Bay.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
Are not there two seats still vacant from the Disfranchisement of Sudbury?
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853" by Queen Victoria
Thomas Jones dared him to combat by accusing Ministers of seeking to disfranchise Ireland by corrupt means.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
A conviction for larceny or any infamous crime operates as a disfranchisement.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
A large number of them would be disfranchised by a union.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
You'll succeed there, and disfranchise the borough.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
But we could not therefore propose the disfranchisement of those cities.
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various
I am disfranchised because I gave a cup of water to the lips of one of my dying boys on the battlefield.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
The disfranchisement of the 40s.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
Early in the year 1821 Lord John reintroduced his bill for the disfranchisement of Grampound.
"Lord John Russell" by Stuart J. Reid
How was this grand disfranchisement to be effected?
"The Finger of Fate" by Mayne Reid
Disfranchise the blouse voters!
"The Child Wife" by Mayne Reid
A Royal Commission and the disfranchisement of the borough followed.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 2" by Charles Mackie
The negro race had been disfranchised and the ballot restored to its original dignity.
"The Sins of the Father" by Thomas Dixon
Its two members were reduced to one by the act of 1867, and the borough was disfranchised in 1885.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 1" by Various
What will the people there say, if they should be disfranchised.
"The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which framed the Constitution of the United States, Volume II (of 2)" by James Madison

In poetry:

What then ? Do not mock me. Ah, ring your bells low,
And burn your lights faintly ! My country is there,
Above the star pricked by the last peak of snow :
My Italy 's THERE, with my brave civic Pair,
To disfranchise despair !
"Mother and Poet" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

In news:

Florida's 'Disappeared Voters': Disfranchised by the GOP The Nation.
The Disfranchisement of Our Military Voters.
Ohio's secretary of state and attorney general have lost another round in their battle to disfranchise some voters.
With plans to implement one of the most restrictive laws requiring American voters to present a photo ID, Pennsylvania risks an election debacle that could disfranchise far more people than any hanging chad on a paper ballot ever did.