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Definition deprive of a right or of power — especially voting rights
  • Many voters were disenfranchised through a poll tax.
  • Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
    Helen Keller (deafblind American author, activist and lecturer)
  • But "family" is a farce among the propertyless and disenfranchised.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Terms such as "obscurantist priest" and "disenfranchised" seemed to her the stigma of dishonor.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • —that it has been disenfranchised.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • The supporting cast was mostly disenfranchised Indians, Mexicans, and cowpunchers, all of whom possessed horsemanship and livestock skills honed on the vanishing frontier.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Will there be, for example, an irresistible drive toward a more standardized American, with consequent disenfranchisement, or neglect, of those whose dialects do not conform?
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • There were, after all, many in Britain too who suffered greatly at the hands of powerful absentee landlords, who were persecuted for their religion, or who were for centuries disenfranchised.
    Tony Blair  --  First Address to Irish Parliament From a British PM
  • Now, as the first step of the crystallization process, he saw that when Quality is kept undefined by definition, the entire field called esthetics is wiped out — completely disenfranchised — kaput.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • It seems highly disturbing that without debate and with agreement by all parties, the House of Commons adopted a clause in the new bill dealing with elections which will disenfranchise men and women of Canadian birth.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Some states permanently strip people with criminal convictions of the right to vote; as a result, in several Southern states disenfranchisement among African American men has reached levels unseen since before the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • If commerce increasingly forces people to talk to computers, will they be as disenfranchised, left out of the new economy, as many are now when they speak the "unnecessary" dialects of America?
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Claims that English is the key to an understanding of American ideals are balanced against warnings that voters will be disenfranchised and the public safety endangered by restrictions on government use of languages other than English.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The extreme overrepresentation of people of color, the disproportionate sentencing of racial minorities, the targeted prosecution of drug crimes in poor communities, the criminalization of new immigrants and undocumented people, the collateral consequences of voter disenfranchisement, and the barriers to re-entry can only be fully understood through the lens of our racial history.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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