verb (used with object), dis·en·fran·chised, dis·en·fran·chis·ing.

  1. to disfranchise.

verb (tr)

  1. to deprive (a person) of the right to vote or other rights of citizenship
  2. to deprive (a place) of the right to send representatives to an elected body
  3. to deprive (a business concern, etc) of some privilege or right
  4. to deprive (a person, place, etc) of any franchise or right

“deprive of civil or electoral privileges,” 1640s, from dis- + enfranchise. Earlier form was disfranchise (mid-15c.). Related: Disenfranchised; disenfranchisement.

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