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English Dictionary: suffrage by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
suffrage
n
  1. a legal right guaranteed by the 15th amendment to the US Constitution; guaranteed to women by the 19th amendment; "American women got the vote in 1920"
    Synonym(s): right to vote, vote, suffrage
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Suffrage \Suf"frage\, n. [F., fr. L. suffragium; perhaps
      originally, a broken piece, a potsherd, used in voting, and
      fr. sub under + the root of frangere to break. See {Break}.]
      1. A vote given in deciding a controverted question, or in
            the choice of a man for an office or trust; the formal
            expression of an opinion; assent; vote.
  
                     I ask your voices and your suffrages. --Shak.
  
      2. Testimony; attestation; witness; approval.
  
                     Lactantius and St. Austin confirm by their suffrage
                     the observation made by heathen writers.
                                                                              --Atterbury.
  
                     Every miracle is the suffrage of Heaven to the truth
                     of a doctrine.                                    --South.
  
      3. (Eccl.)
            (a) A short petition, as those after the creed in matins
                  and evensong.
            (b) A prayer in general, as one offered for the faithful
                  departed. --Shipley.
  
                           I firmly believe that there is a purgatory, and
                           that the souls therein detained are helped by
                           the suffrages of the faithful.      --Creed of
                                                                              Pope Pius IV.
  
      4. Aid; assistance. [A Latinism] [Obs.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Suffrage \Suf"frage\, v. t.
      To vote for; to elect. [Obs.] --Milton.
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