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affranchise

Line breaks: af¦fran|chise
Pronunciation: /əˈfran(t)ʃʌɪz
 
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Definition of affranchise in English:

verb

[with object] archaic
Release from servitude: every slave, after fifteen years, should be affranchised
More example sentences
  • The emperor Hadrian affranchised the city from aurum coronarium and recognized the right to take refuge in there.
  • In the mid 19th century, after the peasantry had been affranchised, a model of Heinrichshof was built by the Duke on his fields.
  • In this way we therefore pray you, gentlemen, to pass such a law which releases and affranchises the Land Company from paying the Stamp duties.

Origin

late 15th century: from Old French afranchiss-, lengthened stem of afranchir, from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + franc 'free'.

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