second-class citizen

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second-class citizen

One who is deemed less important than others within a society. The waitress was so rude to me that I started feeling like a second-class citizen. We live in this neighborhood, too, and we should be allowed to voice our opinions, instead of being ignored like second-class citizens!
See also: citizen
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A Government spokesman said: "People being treated as second class citizens when a club is open to all is not on.
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Students who are considering serving our nation in the military should not be treated like second class citizens.
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If he keeps treating us like we don't exist he will soon find out - to his cost - that we do and that we won't be treated like second class citizens any more.
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