• WordNet 3.6
    • n enfranchisement the act of certifying or bestowing a franchise on
    • n enfranchisement a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)
    • n enfranchisement freedom from political subjugation or servitude
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Enfranchisement Admission to the freedom of a corporation or body politic; investiture with the privileges of free citizens.
    • Enfranchisement Releasing from slavery or custody.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n enfranchisement The act of setting free; release from slavery or from custody; enlargement.
    • n enfranchisement The admission of a person or persons to the freedom of a state or corporation; investiture with the privileges of free citizens; the incorporating of a person into any society or body politic; now, specifically, bestowment of the electoral franchise or the right of voting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Enfranchisement act of enfranchising: liberation: admission to civil or political privileges
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. enfranchiren, and franc, free. See Franchise.


In literature:

The enfranchising the port of Honfleur at the mouth of the Seine, for multiplying the connections with us, is at present an object.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
There followed the enfranchisement of a number of boroughs, and by the end of the reign of Henry VIII.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
I am always going about enfranchising the mind and weighing the worlds, without hate, without fear, without love, and without God.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
Dundas urged the Irish government to assent to the enfranchisement of the catholics on grounds both of justice and expediency.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
A gradual enfranchisement of the great towns on the old system might be desirable.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
You are no doubt desirous of the full enfranchisement of the human race.
"Cupology" by Clara
Reasons, a plenty, the baggage had why the Party which had so recently refused to enfranchise women should not be returned to power.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
Rufus was chosen tribune, and at once proposed to enfranchise the remainder of Italy.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
Enfranchisement of woman, and immense progress as to her rights and opportunities.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
Where is a man in the Church since the time of Constantine who has at one stroke enfranchised six millions of souls?
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson

In poetry:

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
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
Look out, Persephone!
You, Madame Ceres, mind yourself, the enemy is upon you.
About your feet spontaneous aconite,
Hell-glamorous, and purple husband-tyranny
Enveloping your late-enfranchised plains.
"Purple Anemones" by D H Lawrence
In me, past, present, future meet
To hold long chiding conference.
My lusts usurp the present tense
And strangle Reason in his seat.
My loves leap through the future’s fence
To dance with dream-enfranchised feet.
"In Me, Past, Present, Future meet" by Siegfried Sassoon
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.