suf·​frag·​ist ˈsəf-ri-jist How to pronounce suffragist (audio)
: one who advocates extension of suffrage especially to women

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this year, the US Mint issued coins featuring writer Maya Angelou, astronaut Dr. Sally Ride, Native American activist Wilma Mankiller, and suffragist Nina Otero-Warren. Julia Malleck, Quartz, 22 Oct. 2022 In 1914, Canadian suffragist Mary Richardson attacked the painting with a hatchet, slashing the figure’s back and hips, to protest the arrest of a fellow activist and condemn the work’s misogynist imagery. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2022 Ramos was a feminist and suffragist who sympathized with the cause of communist José Carlos Mariátegui, who is seen sitting directly behind her, wearing glasses. Immy Humes, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Aug. 2022 Earlier this year, the Mint released into circulation four other quarters featuring poet and activist Maya Angelou, astronaut Sally Ride, Cherokee Nation chief and activist Wilma Mankiller and suffragist Nina Otero-Warren. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Oct. 2022 The other four quarters, all put into production this year, feature poet and activist Maya Angelou; the first American woman in space, Sally Ride; Cherokee Nation leader Wilma Mankiller; and suffragist Nina Otero-Warren. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 19 Oct. 2022 Olympia Brown, a minister and suffragist, founds the Federal Suffrage Association, aimed at pushing forward women's issues beyond just suffrage. USA Today, 13 Aug. 2020 The reason why reproductive rights were omitted from the suffragist campaign is complex. Lauren Thompson, The Conversation, 6 Sep. 2022 Cooke-Keyser said a note Page wrote to one of her education students in 1900 offers a window into the activist spirit that led her to become a suffragist. John Laidler,, 25 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


suffrage + -ist entry 1

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of suffragist was in 1818

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“Suffragist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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suf·​frag·​ist ˈsəf-ri-jəst How to pronounce suffragist (audio)
: a person who supports extending voting rights especially to women
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