1. suffrage

noun. ['?s?fr?d?'] a legal right guaranteed by the 15th amendment to the US Constitution; guaranteed to women by the 19th amendment.


  • vote
  • franchise
  • universal suffrage
  • right to vote


  • split ticket
  • straight ticket
  • decertify

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Example sentences of the word suffrage

1. Noun, singular or mass
Under President Jackson, suffrage was gradually expanded to include all white men, not just those with property.

2. Verb, base form
In 1893, Wyoming was the first state to grant women suffrage, followed shortly by Idaho and Utah.

Quotes containing the word suffrage

1. The success of the suffrage movement would injure women spiritually and intellectually, for they would be assuming a burden though they knew themselves unable to bear it. It is the sediment, not the wave, of a sex. It is the antithesis of that highest and sweetest mystery - conviction by submission, and conquest by sacrifice.
- John Boyle O'Reilly