suffrage

Definitions

  • "They denied the right of suffrage to wimmen and give it to the Injuns."
    "They denied the right of suffrage to wimmen and give it to the Injuns."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n suffrage 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Suffrage (Eccl) A prayer in general, as one offered for the faithful departed.
    • Suffrage (Eccl) A short petition, as those after the creed in matins and evensong.
    • Suffrage A vote given in deciding a controverted question, or in the choice of a man for an office or trust; the formal expression of an opinion; assent; vote. "I ask your voices and your suffrages ."
    • Suffrage Aid; assistance.
    • Suffrage Testimony; attestation; witness; approval. "Lactantius and St. Austin confirm by their suffrage the observation made by heathen writers.""Every miracle is the suffrage of Heaven to the truth of a doctrine."
    • Suffrage The right to vote; franchise.
    • v. t Suffrage To vote for; to elect.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n suffrage A vote or voice given in deciding a controverted question, or in the choice of a person to occupy an office or trust; the formal expression of an opinion on some doubtful question; consent; assent; approval.
    • n suffrage The political right or act of voting; the exercise of the voting power in political affairs; especially, the right, under a representative government, of participating, directly or indirectly, in the choice of public officers and in the adoption or rejection of fundamental laws: usually with the definite article.
    • n suffrage Testimony; attestation; witness.
    • n suffrage Eccles., an intercessory prayer or petition.
    • n suffrage In liturgics: Short petitions, especially those in the litany, the lesser litany or preces at morning and evening prayer, etc.
    • n suffrage The prayers of the people in response to and as distinguished from the versicles or prayers said in litanies by the clergyman.
    • n suffrage Aid; assistance; relief.
    • suffrage To vote for; elect.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Suffrage suf′rāj a vote: a vote in approbation of any proposal, hence approval, assent: testimony, witness: any short intercessory prayer
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Quotations

  • Frank Moore Colby
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    “If a large city can, after intense intellectual efforts, choose for its mayor a man who merely will not steal from it, we consider it a triumph of the suffrage.”
  • Susan B. Anthony
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    “Suffrage is the pivotal right.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. suffragium,; perhaps originally, a broken piece, a potsherd, used in voting, and fr. sub, under + the root of frangere, to break. See Break
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. suffragium, saffragāri, to vote for.

Usage

In literature:

He not only advocates manhood suffrage, but womanhood suffrage, and woman-seats in Parliament.
"A Walk from London to John O'Groat's" by Elihu Burritt
However, she was having training in her suffrage work, which was now assuming greater importance in her eyes.
"The Precipice" by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
I never belonged to any suffrage society, never wrote or spoke or talked about it.
"Abroad with the Jimmies" by Lilian Bell
Woman suffrage, it will be claimed, has not passed the controversial stage, even with women themselves.
"What eight million women want" by Rheta Childe Dorr
I yield to no one in attachment to that rule of general suffrage which distinguishes our policy as a nation.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
Let anyone try to advocate a plan of suffrage reform at all out of the way, and see how many adherents he can collect.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII." by Arthur Mee
They would rather, they said, submit to a foreign power than be deprived of equality of suffrage in both branches of the legislature.
"Our Government: Local, State, and National: Idaho Edition" by J.A. James
Not necessary in arranging proceedings to mention Suffrage Bill, or even Wednesday, 13th of May.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 100, May 9, 1891" by Various
But as this alternative is found to exist for both sexes, and on all occasions, why charge it especially on the woman-suffrage movement?
"Women and the Alphabet" by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Then, democracy is founded upon equality, of which the logical consequence is universal suffrage.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 5" by Various
MARY CONFIDES IN AUNT SARAH AND GIVES HER VIEWS ON SUFFRAGE FOR WOMEN.
"Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled during Her Visit among the "Pennsylvania Germans"" by Edith M. Thomas
But now she was the tool of the fighting Suffrage Women.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
What have they done to injye this impeeryal suffrage that we fought an' bled f'r?
"Mr. Dooley Says" by Finley Dunne
Among the Chancellor's plans for electoral reform the most important was the Bill for the Promotion of Infant Suffrage.
"Strange Stories" by Grant Allen
I wish to avoid occasioning any confusion in the different meetings and organizations of the Woman Suffrage Movement.
"Julia Ward Howe" by Laura E. Richards
You have heretofore incidentally expressed yourself on the matter of local suffrage in the District of Columbia.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Interviews" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Our government was in the forefront of progress because it had created autocracy out of the suffrage of the people.
"Behind the Mirrors" by Clinton W. Gilbert
I respectfully solicit your suffrages, to raise me to that station.
"Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland" by Henry B. Stanton
George Sand should be enshrined as the patron saint of female suffragism.
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
Our freehold suffrage is, I believe, gone past redemption.
"The Life of John Marshall Volume 4 of 4" by Albert J. Beveridge
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In poetry:

The Boss, by jingo, he is a bird,
There's magic in his name,
Not by our suffrage; but his word
We win or lose the game.
"Hiland-Buckingham" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
"A lover's heart it quickly cools;
In mine it kindles up enough rage
To wring their necks. How can such fools
Ask men to vote for woman suffrage?"
"The First Fan" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Yet, though with Wit's imperishable bays
Enwreath'd, he held an uncontested throne;
Though circling climes, unanimous in praise,
Confirm'd the partial suffrage of his own:
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent
These beauteous Sons were the blest Prophets pride,
Under his Wing they bloom'd, & flourisht by his Side:
Paid him a Reverence profound and true,
To Heav'ns Election, Israels Suffrage due.
"A Poem on Elijahs'Translation, Occasion'd" by Benjamin Colman
What more can I say your good will to inspire,
Towards those who both burn with true freedom's best fire?
I don't mean the man who your suffrages mocks,
But the friends and companions of NELSON and FOX!
"Song" by Charles Dibdin
He claims that suffrage, if applied
To Negroes, should be qualified;
That they diplomacied, should hail
From Dartmouth, Harvard or from Yale,
Before entrusted for an hour
With manhood's great elective power.
"Modern Moses" by James Madison Bell

In news:

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100th anniversary of women's suffrage .
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Women's History Month Symposium Examines Women's Suffrage .
A Forgotten Fight for Suffrage .
Colorado Led the Way on Women's Suffrage .
LAKEWOOD, Colo.--This week marked an important 90th birthday: women's suffrage in the United States.
On Anniversary of Women's Suffrage , Parity Is Still Elusive.
Karen Gilchrist, guest columnist: Listening to Mama counted big for women's suffrage .
Art lovers want suffrage memorial out of the way.
Women's Suffrage and Other Visions of Right-Wing Apocalypse.
Wyoming was a territory when its male citizens voted for suffrage in 1869, and kept the policy when it entered the union in 1890.
Few states witnessed a livelier or more dynamic campaign to win women's suffrage than Illinois.
Brits fight for suffrage in 'Good Fight'.
Was Grandma part of the Women's Suffrage movement HISTORY DETECTIVES host Elyse Luray traces the pennant to a pivotal time and place in the fight for women's voting rights.
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