from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An advocate of women's suffrage, especially in the United Kingdom.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A female supporter, often militant, of women's right to vote in the early 20th century
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woman who advocates the right to vote for women; a woman suffragist.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman who advocates female suffrage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a woman advocate of women's right to vote (especially a militant advocate in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the 20th century)
Today, the term suffragette is often considered demeaning.
When the years brought those violent scenes and emotions of what has been called the suffragette campaign, Rosalie, who might have been expected to be a militant of the militants, took no part nor even interest in it whatever.
This then is the end of the argument in favour of the suffragette, which is developed out of her own psychology.
Given that the speech focused on bringing all her supporters behind Obama, mainly women who see her candidacy as part of the 'suffragette' movement and last nigh being the anniversary of the women obtaining the right to vote and all I thought it was a very divisive subliminal message.
There were enough men involved in the women's rights movement that the anti-vote males in the media used "suffragette" to humiliate men who were "suffragists," diminishing the term by putting an "ette" on the end.
By the way, the term "suffragette" is an example of turn-of-the-century media "spin."
The nitpicky twits who are looking to turn men into the enemy are not humanists, let alone feminists in the true "suffragette" sense of the word.
Her fellow 'suffragette', Maria Sharapova, recently sealed a £45million contract with a sports manufacturer, the most lucrative commercial deal ever for a female athlete.
"suffragette" was originally used to put a negative spin on the gender-neutral term
There were men who proudly supported women's right to vote, but when the anti-suffrage forces (which included women) used "suffragette," the ridicule was too much for some of them to remain public in their support.)
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.