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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Perhaps the most ridiculed second-class citizens are people who drive mini-vans.
LINDA SAYS: People still tend to see women who sleep with married men as second-class women, let alone second-class citizens - and married men who sleep with them are people.
University of Southern California President Steven Sample wrote a letter to the Coliseum Commission last month, fearing that a recent draft of the commission's lease agreement with the NFL would leave it as a second-class citizen in the rebuilt stadium.
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When you are in a situation where you have to keep such an important part of yourself secret, you are a second-class citizen, and it really erodes unit cohesion and troop morale.
No child should be made to feel like an outsider or a second-class citizen in a public school because of his or her religious or philosophical beliefs," Cook said.
Having just received my free travel pass, I get the feeling that I'm a second-class citizen.
As a black man born in America, my life has been a long march away from second-class citizen.
Obviously, Shater was left feeling like a second-class citizen in this land, where every man is supposedly created equal.
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If I were to erect a memorial to a public figure, it would have to be Thomas Hardy, my favourite poet/novelist, for his portrayal of strong women in an era when they were regarded as second-class citizens.
The move stands to benefit nearly 2 lakh Hindus from Pakistan and Bangladesh who often complain they are treated as second-class citizens and are vulnerable to violence.