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suffrāgĭum , ii, n. perh. kindr. with suffrago, and therefore, prop., the pasternbone; cf. Wunder, Var. Lect. p. 169; hence, transf., publicists' and jurid. t. t.,
I.a votingtablet, a ballot (syn. tabella), and in gen., a vote, voice, suffrage (freq. and class.).
II. Transf.
A. The right of voting right of suffrage: populi esse, non senatus, suffragium, quibus velit, impartiri, Liv. 38, 36, 8: “si suffragium detur,id. 4, 49 fin.: “ut populus Romanus suffragio privaretur,Cic. Agr. 2, 7, 17: “quod interrogem, quem nemo congressu, nemo suffragio, nemo luce dignum putet,id. Vatin. 1, 2: “suffragia populo reddere,the elections, Suet. Calig. 16. —
2. In partic., a favorable decision, assent, approbation, applause (post-Aug.): “ventosae plebis suffragia,Hor. Ep. 1, 19, 37; 2, 2, 103: “voto et suffragio prosequor,Plin. Ep. 10, 18, 1; Dig. 24, 1, 24 al.: “Dentatus vel numerosissima suffragia habet,” i.e. very many authors who award to him the palm of bravery, Plin. 7, 28, 29, § 101.
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