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Meaning of second-class citizen

sec'ond-class cit'izen

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a citizen, esp. a member of a minority group, who is denied the social, political, and economic benefits of citizenship.
  2. a person who is not accorded a fair share of respect, recognition, or consideration: The boss treats us all like second-class citizens.
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