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In 1890 Wyoming was the first state to enfranchise women.
  grant voting rights

or archaically:  grant freedom — as from slavery
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enfranchise enfranchisement enfranchised enfranchising
Strongly Associated with:   disenfranchise
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  • In 1890 Wyoming was the first state to enfranchise women.
  • The law is intended to eliminate fraud without threatening the enfranchisement of eligible voters.
  • For myself, there was one reward I promised myself from my detested toils—one consolation for my unparalleled sufferings; it was the prospect of that day when, enfranchised from my miserable slavery, I might claim Elizabeth and forget the past in my union with her.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • "Well, Tom," said St. Clare, the day after he had commenced the legal formalities for his enfranchisement, "I’m going to make a free man of you;—so have your trunk packed, and get ready to set out for Kentuck."
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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  • Pardon, Caesar; Caesar, pardon: As low as to thy foot doth Cassius fall, To beg enfranchisement for Publius Cimber.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • To begin with, it enfranchised the slaves, introduced into the world a morality—
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • I am trusted with a muzzle and enfranchised with a clog; therefore I have decreed not to sing in my cage.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • It was the face of a man who was no longer passion’s slave, yet who found no advantage in his enfranchisement.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Had not votes enfranchised the freedmen?
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • ’Silvia, this night I will enfranchise thee.’
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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  • The expense would be nothing, the inconvenience not more; and it was altogether an attention which the delicacy of his conscience pointed out to be requisite to its complete enfranchisement from his promise to his father.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • The next moment, without any visible cause for the change, her unwonted joy shrank back, appalled, as it were, and clothed itself in mourning; or it ran and hid itself, so to speak, in the dungeon of her heart, where it had long lain chained, while a cold, spectral sorrow took the place of the imprisoned joy, that was afraid to be enfranchised,—a sorrow as black as that was bright.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Nay, hear them, Antony: Fulvia perchance is angry; or who knows If the scarce-bearded Caesar have not sent His powerful mandate to you: ’Do this or this; Take in that kingdom and enfranchise that; Perform’t, or else we damn thee.’
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • It is not true that the enfranchisement of all will result in racial domination.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • I will enfranchise thee.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • When women could vote, suddenly their lives became more important, and enfranchising women ended up providing a huge and unanticipated boost to women’s health.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • — Brother, farewell: I will unto the king; And whatsoe’er you will employ me in,— Were it to call King Edward’s widow sister,— I will perform it to enfranchise you.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • First the enfranchised mob, whether in the city wards or along the western rivers, invented fantastic slang-words and turns of phrase; then they were "seized upon by stump-speakers at political meetings"; then they were heard in Congress; then they got into the newspapers; and finally they came into more or less good usage.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • As flowerets, bent and closed by the chill of night, after the sun shines on them straighten themselves all open on their stem, so I became with my weak virtue, and such good daring hastened to my heart that I began like one enfranchised: "Oh compassionate she who succored me! and thou courteous who didst speedily obey the true words that she addressed to thee!
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Some to the common pulpits and cry out, "Liberty, freedom, and enfranchisement!"
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • Within the car there was the usual interior life of the railroad, offering little to the observation of other passengers, but full of novelty for this pair of strangely enfranchised prisoners.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • I will enfranchise thee.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
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Associated words [difficulty]:   enfranchise [8] , disenfranchise [7] , franchise [3] , franchise [5] , disenfranchise [7]
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