Two S-words (suffragan, suffragette)

suffragan: An assistant or subsidiary bishop, performing episcopal functions in a certain diocese but having no jurisdiction; in the Church of England, since the passing of Act 26 Hen. VIII, c. 14, a bishop appointed to assist a diocesan bishop in a particular part of his diocese.
suffragette: A female supporter of the cause of women’s political enfranchisement, esp. one of a violent or ‘militant’ type.

Both come from suffrage, which comes from the Latin suffragium, which means literally “a ballot” or “voting tablet,” but by extension of sense it means “the right to vote” or “approbation, applause”. In English, suffrage for a long time meant “intercessory prayers,” especially for the dead.


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