Definition of second-class citizen in US English:

second-class citizen

noun

  • A person belonging to a social or political group whose rights and opportunities are inferior to those of the dominant group in a society.

    ‘women had been denied the vote and been made into second-class citizens’
    ‘the residents are being treated as second-class citizens’
    • ‘When I was there, I was just a second-class citizen, and I didn't feel even I was a human because I was completely dehumanised by the whole political system.’
    • ‘Consequently, all members of ethnic minorities were liable to become second-class citizens from one day to the next.’
    • ‘Addressing the rally, the union conveyer said it was time management listened to the workforce instead of treating them like second-class citizens.’
    • ‘While in the service, Franklin experienced racism on a daily basis and realized that education was the only way he could avoid becoming a second-class citizen.’
    • ‘What we're getting is almost a movement to say those people are second-class citizens, they can vote, they can pay taxes, but they can't serve in high administration jobs.’
    • ‘She said that because same-sex marriages aren't sanctioned, it's as though our society views her son as a second-class citizen.’
    • ‘The reigning legal view is that we're second-class citizens.’
    • ‘If there's no law that says that I'm a second-class citizen, then how do they justify their bigotry and their hatred?’
    • ‘There are some male directors who are very open to listening to what women have to say on the set, but there are other sets where you are so aware of being a second-class citizen.’
    • ‘You don't have to make the observation that, in so many ways, aboriginal people are second-class citizens in Australia.’
    • ‘His relatives would have been considered second-class citizens, but they had the means to send him to the United States for his education.’
    • ‘You don't want your franchisees to feel like second-class citizens.’
    • ‘There should be no second-class citizens in this country where the law is concerned.’
    • ‘Despite repeated FBI assurances that cops are equal partners in the war against terrorism, local cops say they frequently feel like second-class citizens.’
    • ‘This change would make many foreign students and visiting scientists into second-class citizens, and further diminish the reasons anyone might have to come to the US to do research.’
    • ‘This is the first time that a court has gone on record to say that sexual minorities are not second-class citizens, and that they cannot be discriminated against.’
    • ‘Every year my parents gave us a "talk" not to participate in singing the then national anthem at school because we were second-class citizens in our own country.’
    • ‘Those who had the temerity to challenge segregationist laws that treated African-Americans as second-class citizens faced arrest, violence, or death.’
    • ‘How can anyone be proud to live in a province where the sick and the elderly living in our rural communities are treated like second-class citizens?’
    • ‘Before the 1960s, blacks were second-class citizens.’
    • ‘If you're an evangelical, there was a long period of time when you felt as if you were being treated as a second-class citizen in this country.’
    • ‘He said disabled people had effectively become second-class citizens because they could not operate in everyday society in a way that would be regarded as normal for everyone else.’
    • ‘We were made to feel like second-class citizens.’
    • ‘Various protesting critics seem to view the less-wealthy as second-class citizens.’
    • ‘The ex-felon is at best a second-class citizen and at worst a non-citizen.’
    • ‘The three boys personify the frustrations of an entire generation of immigrants trying to make the best of their lives, rendered second-class citizens by social marginalization.’
    • ‘It's the principle of the matter: PC gamers are treated like second-class citizens.’
    • ‘Earlier that evening, in front of a full town meeting, the mayor publicly referred to Bill as a second-class citizen.’
    • ‘Cyclists are not second-class citizens either.’
    • ‘It's true that we're treated like second-class citizens, but we try not to behave as though we are.’
    • ‘A group of women members said the club treated them like second-class citizens: they were denied certain voting rights, got less playing time than the men, and were still excluded from certain areas like the snooker room.’
    • ‘We're second-class citizens when it comes it political representation and participation.’
    • ‘If IT people are second-class citizens in your organization when it comes to training and retention, CEOs might want to rethink that.’
    • ‘Millions of workers would remain second-class citizens for many years, since as non-citizens they will not be afforded basic democratic rights.’