Suffrage 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. [1913 Webster]

I ask your voices and your suffrages. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Testimony; attestation; witness; approval. [1913 Webster]

Lactantius and St. Austin confirm by their suffrage the observation made by heathen writers. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

Every miracle is the suffrage of Heaven to the truth of a doctrine. --South. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. Aid; assistance. [A Latinism] [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

5. The right to vote; franchise. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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