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

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  • disenfranchise — dis·en·fran·chise /ˌdis ən fran ˌchīz/ vt chised, chis·ing: disfranchise dis·en·fran·chise·ment n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • disenfranchise — disenfranchise, disfranchise meaning ‘to deprive of a vote’, have both been in the language for several centuries. At present disenfranchise is the more common of the two. Both verbs should be spelt ise, not ize. See ise …   Modern English usage

  • Disenfranchise — Dis en*fran chise, v. t. To disfranchise; to deprive of the rights of a citizen. {Dis en*fran chise*ment}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disenfranchise — ► VERB 1) deprive of the right to vote. 2) deprive of a right or privilege. DERIVATIVES disenfranchisement noun …   English terms dictionary

  • disenfranchise — [dis΄in fran′chīz΄] vt. disenfranchised, disenfranchising 1. to deprive of the rights of citizenship, esp. of the right to vote 2. to deprive of a privilege, right, or power disenfranchisement [dis΄in fran′chīz mənt, dis΄in fran′chizmənt] n …   English World dictionary

  • disenfranchise — [[t]dɪ̱sɪnfræ̱ntʃaɪz[/t]] disenfranchises, disenfranchising, disenfranchised VERB To disenfranchise a group of people means to take away their right to vote, or their right to vote for what they really want. [V n] ...fears of an organized attempt …   English dictionary

  • disenfranchise — UK [ˌdɪsɪnˈfræntʃaɪz] / US [ˌdɪsɪnˈfrænˌtʃaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms disenfranchise : present tense I/you/we/they disenfranchise he/she/it disenfranchises present participle disenfranchising past tense disenfranchised past participle… …   English dictionary

  • disenfranchise — verb Disenfranchise is used with these nouns as the object: ↑voter …   Collocations dictionary

  • disenfranchise — /ˌdɪsɪn fræntʃaɪz/ verb to take away someone’s right to vote ● The company has tried to disenfranchise the ordinary shareholders …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • disenfranchise — transitive verb Date: 1664 to deprive of a franchise, of a legal right, or of some privilege or immunity; especially to deprive of the right to vote • disenfranchisement noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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