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Monday, July 04, 2011

suffrage

\SUHF-rij\ , noun;
1.
The right to vote, especially in a political election.
2.
A vote given in favor of a proposed measure, candidate, or the like.
3.
In Christian practice, a prayer, especially a short intercessory prayer or petition.
Quotes:
Frivolity was combined with feminine fervor on the suffrage question.
-- Holman Day, The Ramrodders: A Novel
In order to apply this principle to universal suffrage, let us recall the political evolution of modern nations.
-- Maurice Maeterlinck, The Double Garden
Origin:
Suffrage stems from the Latin roots Sub- "under," and fragor, "crash, din, shouts (as of approval.)" The meaning "right to vote" is first found in the U.S. Constitution, 1787.
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