follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: A Guide to the Comma

disenfranchise

[dis-en-fran-chahyz] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz/
verb (used with object), disenfranchised, disenfranchising.
1.
to disfranchise.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; dis-1 + enfranchise
Related forms
disenfranchisement
[dis-en-fran-chahyz-muh nt, -chiz-] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz mənt, -tʃɪz-/ (Show IPA),
noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for dis enfranchise

disenfranchise

/ˌdɪsɪnˈfræntʃaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to deprive (a person) of the right to vote or other rights of citizenship
2.
to deprive (a place) of the right to send representatives to an elected body
3.
to deprive (a business concern, etc) of some privilege or right
4.
to deprive (a person, place, etc) of any franchise or right
Derived Forms
disenfranchisement (ˌdɪsɪnˈfræntʃɪzmənt), disfranchisement, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for dis enfranchise
disenfranchise
"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
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for disenfranchise

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for dis

4
0
Scrabble Words With Friends