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citizen

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of citizen

  1. 1 a person who owes allegiance to a government and is protected by it conscientious citizens who regard voting as a duty as well as a right Synonyms of citizen freeman, national, subject Words Related to citizen compatriot, countryman; inhabitant, native, nonimmigrant, resident Near Antonyms of citizen foreigner, stranger; immigrant, nonnative Antonyms of citizen alien, noncitizen

  2. 2 a person who lives in a town on a permanent basis claimed that the good citizens of the town were sick of high property taxes Synonyms of citizen burgher, townie (or towny), townsman, villagerWords Related to citizen townswoman; cliff dweller, denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabitant, national, native, occupant, resident, resider, subject; town, townsfolk, townspeople; suburbanite, urbaniteNear Antonyms of citizen alien, foreigner, guest, nonnative, tourist, transient, visitor; gownsmanAntonyms of citizen noncitizen

Synonym Discussion of citizen

citizen, subject, national mean a person owing allegiance to and entitled to the protection of a sovereign state. citizen is preferred for one owing allegiance to a state in which sovereign power is retained by the people and sharing in the political rights of those people.
    • the rights of a free citizen
subject implies allegiance to a personal sovereign such as a monarch.
    • the king's subjects
national designates one who may claim the protection of a state and applies especially to one living or traveling outside that state.
    • American nationals working in the Middle East

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