disfranchise

verb
dis·​fran·​chise | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈfran-ˌchīz How to pronounce disfranchise (audio) \
disfranchised; disfranchising; disfranchises

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disfranchisement \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈfran-​ˌchīz-​mənt How to pronounce disfranchisement (audio) , -​chəz-​ \ noun

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.

Examples of disfranchise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ignoring an express statutory deadline, the justices held that potential mail delays disfranchise voters and violate the state constitution’s guarantee of free and equal elections. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Voters and the Other Supreme Courts," 1 Nov. 2020 The latest five-alarm fire in Washington is over a supposed plot to disfranchise voters centered on the United States Postal Service. The Editors, National Review, "No, the Postal Service Isn’t Stealing the Election," 17 Aug. 2020 By 1846, residents of Alexandria had grown irritated over being disfranchised, and political control of that area returned to Virginia. Jeff Barker, Washington Post, "This man wants to make the District the 24th county in Maryland. Here’s how his plan would work.," 13 Oct. 2019 Starting in the 1890s, Southern states advanced measures to disfranchise blacks, including literacy tests, poll taxes and grandfather clauses. Frank Scaturro, WSJ, "The ‘Living Constitution’ Denied the Vote to Generations," 2 Feb. 2020 By 1846, residents of Alexandria had grown irritated over being disfranchised, and political control of that area returned to Virginia. Jeff Barker, Washington Post, "This man wants to make the District the 24th county in Maryland. Here’s how his plan would work.," 13 Oct. 2019 By 1846, residents of Alexandria had grown irritated over being disfranchised, and political control of that area returned to Virginia. Jeff Barker, Washington Post, "This man wants to make the District the 24th county in Maryland. Here’s how his plan would work.," 13 Oct. 2019 By 1846, residents of Alexandria had grown irritated over being disfranchised, and political control of that area returned to Virginia. Jeff Barker, Washington Post, "This man wants to make the District the 24th county in Maryland. Here’s how his plan would work.," 13 Oct. 2019 By 1846, residents of Alexandria had grown irritated over being disfranchised, and political control of that area returned to Virginia. Jeff Barker, Washington Post, "This man wants to make the District the 24th county in Maryland. Here’s how his plan would work.," 13 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of disfranchise

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Disfranchise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disfranchise. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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disfranchise

verb
dis·​fran·​chise | \ dis-ˈfran-ˌchīz How to pronounce disfranchise (audio) \
disfranchised; disfranchising

Kids Definition of disfranchise

Other Words from disfranchise

disfranchisement \ -​ˌchīz-​mənt , -​chəz-​ \ noun

disfranchise

transitive verb
dis·​fran·​chise | \ dis-ˈfran-ˌchīz How to pronounce disfranchise (audio) \
disfranchised; disfranchising

Legal Definition of disfranchise

: to deprive of a franchise, of a legal right, or of some privilege or immunity especially : to deprive of the right to vote

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