Definition of affranchise in English:

affranchise

Syllabification: af·fran·chise
Pronunciation: /əˈfranˌCHīz
 
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verb

[with object] archaic
  • Release from servitude.
    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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