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.

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, baltimoresun.com, "Welcome to Douglass County, Maryland. It’s one man’s answer to D.C.’s voting rights issue," 23 Sep. 2019 The winner-take-all proviso for awarding state electoral votes disfranchises minority party voters. Time Staff, Time, "7 Things People Get Wrong About American History," 26 Sep. 2017 Thus began the era of segregation—a system that subordinated black Southerners economically, disfranchised them politically, and isolated them in public and private space. Garrett Epps, The Atlantic, "The True History of the South Is Not Being Erased," 11 June 2017 What Musa Sadr did was to transform a highly marginalized and disfranchised community like the Shiites into an army of activists. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "My Reunion with a Lebanese Hijacker," 4 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of disfranchise

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Disfranchise.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disfranchises. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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disfranchise

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

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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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