• WordNet 3.6
    • v enfranchise grant voting rights
    • v enfranchise 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
    • Enfranchise To endow with a franchise; to incorporate into a body politic and thus to invest with civil and political privileges; to admit to the privileges of a freeman; to give the right to vote.
    • Enfranchise To receive as denizens; to naturalize; as, to enfranchise foreign words.
    • Enfranchise To set free; to liberate from slavery, prison, or any binding power.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • enfranchise To set free; liberate, as from slavery; hence, to free or release from custody, bad habits, or any restraint.
    • enfranchise To make free of a state, city, or corporation; admit to the privileges of a freeman or citizen; admit to citizenship.
    • enfranchise Specifically To confer the electoral franchise upon; admit to the right of voting or taking part in public elections: as, to enfranchise a class of people; to enfranchise (in Great Britain) a borough or a university.
    • enfranchise To endenizen; naturalize.
    • enfranchise Synonyms Manumit, Liberate, etc. See emancipate.
    • enfranchise The feudal law, to free from the obligations of feudal tenure, as to convert a copyhold estate into a freehold.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Enfranchise en-fran′chiz to set free: to give a franchise or political privileges to
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. en-, + franchise,: cf. F. enfranchir,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. enfranchiren, and franc, free. See Franchise.


In literature:

Indians, the enfranchisement of, 71-2 and note.
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton
But it is different in Norfolk; 4000 enfranchised slaves marched in procession through the town the other day in a sort of frantic jubilee.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
The negro and the Indian have been enfranchised; women alone remain under political disabilities.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
It is easy to say that I might have pleaded other plans and gone on my way enfranchised.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
The Copyhold Act 1894 deals both with compulsory and with voluntary enfranchisement.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
No act of enfranchisement can efface this unfortunate distinction.
"Dissertation on Slavery" by St. George Tucker
The period of vengeance is past; Jove relents, and the captive deity is enfranchised.
"The Standard Cantatas" by George P. Upton
The serfs were enfranchised in consideration of an annual tax.
"Women of Mediæval France" by Pierce Butler
The newly enfranchised seemed proud of their privilege.
"Christopher Crayon's Recollections The Life and Times of the late James Ewing Ritchie as told by himself" by J. Ewing Ritchie
The enfranchised soul became free to explore the mysteries of nature and obtain a mastery over the occult forces residing therein.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw

In poetry:

Far above the heavenly arches
Shall th'enfranchised spirit soar;
Onward to its goal it marches,
Joy and triumph smiling o'er.
"Help sought from God" by John Bowring
Enfranchised dead!
Each fault and failing left behind,
And nothing now to chill or bind,
How gloriously ye reign
in majesty of mind!
"The Dead" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Beyond or moon, or sun, or star,
The enfranchised spirit soars—the ray
Of morning is its glorious car,
And comets light it on its way.
"Morning Thoughts" by John Bowring
Bound am I with time as with a tether;
Thee perchance death leads enfranchised on,
Far from deathlike life and changeful weather,
Dead and gone.
"Past Days" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
She took her flight as from the cage
Enfranchised warblers glide,
Though friends were dear, and life was fair,
She saw her Saviour standing there,
Beyond rough Jordan's tide.
"Miss Anna M. Seymour," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
The end is nigh--the end of grief and pain,
And Life's broad gates are opening to my soul;
O'er my weak heart no more shall sorrow reign,
Enfranchised soon 'twill spurn the harsh control,
And never feel its empiry again.
"Beatrice Di Tenda" by Walter Richard Cassels

In news:

LOOKING back on the adoption of the 19th Amendment 90 years ago Thursday — the largest act of enfranchisement in our history — it can be hard to see what the fuss was about.
There's a longstanding trend to expand voting rights as demonstrated by these amendments — the 15th bans race-based voting qualifications, the 19th extends suffrage to women, and the 26th enfranchises 18-year-olds.