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[dis-en-fran-chahyz] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz/
verb (used with object), disenfranchised, disenfranchising.
to disfranchise.
Origin of disenfranchise
1620-30; dis-1 + enfranchise
Related forms
[dis-en-fran-chahyz-muh nt, -chiz-] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz mənt, -tʃɪz-/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • Ritter's great talent was forging public policy for the disenfranchised.
  • They become tainted, and possibly a permanently disenfranchised minority.
  • disenfranchised former prisoners can be denied work in an eccentric range of jobs, from athletic trainer to funeral director.
  • So almost half the total will now be disenfranchised.
  • In response, it advocates policies that will challenge the privileged and empower the disenfranchised.
  • He believes recovery can come from the poor and disenfranchised and from alternative energy.
  • Some other means of giving them a vote would have to be found if they were not to be disenfranchised.
  • Yet these disenfranchised investors can take comfort from three things.
  • Many of those with children, or night-shift jobs, and the elderly are in effect disenfranchised.
  • So the circuits are disenfranchised from the broadcasters who, in turn, are disenfranchised from the teams.
British Dictionary definitions for disenfranchised


verb (transitive)
to deprive (a person) of the right to vote or other rights of citizenship
to deprive (a place) of the right to send representatives to an elected body
to deprive (a business concern, etc) of some privilege or right
to deprive (a person, place, etc) of any franchise or right
Derived Forms
disenfranchisement (ˌdɪsɪnˈfræntʃɪzmənt), disfranchisement, noun
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Word Origin and History for disenfranchised



"deprive of civil or electoral privileges," 1640s, from dis- + enfranchise. Earlier form was disfranchise (mid-15c.). Related: Disenfranchised; disenfranchisement.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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