dis·​en·​fran·​chised ˌdis-in-ˈfran-ˌchīzd How to pronounce disenfranchised (audio)
: deprived of some right, privilege, or immunity
Tough, resourceful, and determined to help her disenfranchised and disenchanted students learn how to learn and love it, Johnson employs a barrage of techniques.Donna Seaman
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill does what it can, but the millions of mentally ill remain the least supported, the most disenfranchised, and the most excluded people in our society today.Oliver Sacks
especially : deprived of the right to vote
The value of the right to vote, however, given the reality of racial voting patterns, will depend on whether it translates into political power and influence for the previously disenfranchised minority. Alan Freeman

Examples of disenfranchised in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a speech, King emphasized the connection between the United States’ civil rights battle and the struggles of poor and disenfranchised people worldwide, a message that resonated with the crowd. Lucy McKeon, New York Times, 3 June 2024 Nancy Xiong, 33 Executive Director of Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP) Background: For the past decade, Xiong has uplifted the Hmong community and other disenfranchised groups in the Greater Sacramento region. Sabrina Bodon, Sacramento Bee, 30 May 2024 Toward the end of the 1880s, strikes broke out across the United States, and disenfranchised laborers regrouped and reorganized labor and communities. Faron Levesque, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 May 2024 Tucked beside railroad tracks that course through gnarly woods, the encampment harbors the disenfranchised and distrusting, the addicted and the unwell, the vulnerable and the predatory. Photographs Todd Heisler, New York Times, 19 May 2024 High-profile cases of Black women who have experienced pregnancy complications or death show that disparities afflict not just the poor and disenfranchised, Blount said. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 2 May 2024 Shonda Rhimes was honored at Variety’s Power of Women, presented by Lifetime, in New York on Thursday for her work with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, a non-profit dance school that offers classes to disenfranchised communities. Jack Dunn, Variety, 2 May 2024 The people most at risk are disenfranchised communities, including young people and people of color. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 16 Apr. 2024 King’s Running Man, published in 1982 and written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, was set in 2025 in an America under a totalitarian regime that uses violent game shows to placate the disenfranchised masses. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disenfranchised was in 1818

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“Disenfranchised.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disenfranchised. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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