Examples of disenfranchise in a Sentence
They disenfranchised poor people by making property ownership a requirement for registering to vote.
Recent Examples of disenfranchise from the Web
Virginia is one of a handful of states that permanently disenfranchises felons.
And many of whom are men who are disenfranchised from their own gender or their own identity.
Cotton, another Republican from the class of 2014, more overtly mocked the whole proceeding in a commentary that seemed meant to attract GOP voters who see the current investigations as a thin attempt to disenfranchise Trump.
Groups challenging the practice said Ohio was unfairly disenfranchising eligible Ohio voters.
Hundreds of thousands of voters of color were disenfranchised.
One such mechanism politicians use to disenfranchise minorities is through district gerrymandering, a strategy that manipulates boundaries in order to stack the deck in favor of one political party.
The pair paid homage to the disenfranchised in their acceptance speech for that award.
A few years later, the White League successfully disenfranchised enough blacks to take back control of the city, so its members decided to erect the obelisk commemorating the efforts of white supremacists.
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What Does It Mean to Disenfranchise Someone?
Disenfranchise first appeared in English in the 17th century, preceded for a period of some 200 years by the now uncommon word disfranchise. Though both words are, rather obviously, related to franchise, they have nothing to do with that word’s current sense “a team that is a member of a professional sports league." The original meaning of franchise was “freedom from servitude or restraint.” Although disenfranchise does broadly signify depriving someone of any of a number of legal rights, it is most often used today of withholding the right to vote, or of the diminished social or political status of a marginalized group.
First Known Use of disenfranchise
DISENFRANCHISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disenfranchise for English Language Learners
: to prevent (a person or group of people) from having the right to vote
DISENFRANCHISE Defined for Kids
Definition of disenfranchise for Students
: to deprive of the right to vote
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