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Definition grant voting rights

or archaically:  grant freedom — as from slavery
  • The law is intended to eliminate fraud without threatening the enfranchisement of eligible voters.
  • In 1890 Wyoming was the first state to enfranchise women.
  • enfranchise = grant voting rights
  • I will enfranchise thee.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Love's Labour's Lost
  • It is not true that the enfranchisement of all will result in racial domination.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • To begin with, it enfranchised the slaves, introduced into the world a morality—
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • 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
  • 'Silvia, this night I will enfranchise thee.'
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Pardon, Caesar; Caesar, pardon: As low as to thy foot doth Cassius fall, To beg enfranchisement for Publius Cimber.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • 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
  • Had not votes enfranchised the freedmen?
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Some to the common pulpits and cry out, "Liberty, freedom, and enfranchisement!"
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar

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