Definitions for: Suffrage


[n] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Suf"frage, n. [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.]
1. 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. --Shak.

2. Testimony; attestation; witness; approval.

Lactantius and St. Austin confirm by their suffrage
the observation made by heathen writers.
--Atterbury.

Every miracle is the suffrage of Heaven to the truth
of a doctrine. --South.

3. (Eccl.)
(a) A short petition, as those after the creed in matins
and evensong.
(b) A prayer in general, as one offered for the faithful
departed. --Shipley.

I firmly believe that there is a purgatory, and
that the souls therein detained are helped by
the suffrages of the faithful. --Creed of
Pope Pius IV.

4. Aid; assistance. [A Latinism] [Obs.]


Suf"frage, v. t.
To vote for; to elect. [Obs.] --Milton.

Synonyms: right to vote, vote

See Also: franchise

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