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suffrage

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Suffrage \Suf"frage\, noun [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.]

5. The right to vote; franchise. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Suffrage \Suf"frage\, verb (used with an object) To vote for; to elect. [Obs.] --Milton.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

suffrage

noun

1: 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" [syn: {right to vote}, {vote}, {suffrage}]


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