2. Testimony; attestation; witness; approval. Lactantius and St. Austin confirm by their suffrage the observation made by heathen writers. (Atterbury) Every miracle is the suffrage of heaven to the truth of a doctrine. (south)
3. A short petition, as those after the creed in matins and evensong. A prayer in general, as one offered for the faithful departed. I firmly believe that there is a purgatory, and that the souls therein detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful. (Creed of pope Pius iV)
4. Aid; assistance.
Origin: F, fr. L. Suffragium; perhaps originally, a broken piece, a potsherd, used in voting, and fr. Sub under _ the root of frangere to break. See Break.