Suf"frage (?), n. [F., fr. L. suffragium; perhaps originally, a broken piece, a potsherd, used in voting, and fr. sub under + the root of frangere to break. See Break.]

1.

A vote given in deciding a controverted question, or in the choice of a man for an office or trust; the formal expression of an opinion; assent; vote.

I ask your voices and your suffrages. Shak.

2.

Testimony; attestation; witness; approval.

Lactantius and St. Austin confirm by their suffrage the observation made by heathen writers. Atterbury.

Every miracle is the suffrage of Heaven to the truth of a doctrine. South.

3. Eccl. (a)

A short petition, as those after the creed in matins and evensong.

(b)

A prayer in general, as one offered for the faithful departed.

Shipley.

I firmly believe that there is a purgatory, and that the souls therein detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful. Creed of Pope Pius IV.

4.

Aid; assistance.

[A Latinism] [Obs.]

5.

The right to vote; franchise.

 

© Webster 1913.


Suf"frage, v. t.

To vote for; to elect.

[Obs.]

Milton.

 

© Webster 1913.

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