civil rights

plural noun

Definition of civil rights

: the nonpolitical rights of a citizen especially : the rights of personal liberty guaranteed to U.S. citizens by the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution and by acts of Congress was charged with violating the victim's civil rights

Examples of civil rights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They are fed up with severe mental illness being a political issue, or even a civil rights one, rather than a medical condition. Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 For the losing side, the long years of death, pain and struggle now seemed pointless; the U.S. promises of democracy and civil rights, particularly for women, rang hollow, as the old order and its institutions were quickly swept away. Lorenzo Tugnoli, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 Airbnb has faced backlash in the days since a TikTok video about the listing from Wynton Yates, an entertainment and civil rights attorney in New Orleans, went viral. Timothy Bella, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2022 Lierman, 43, a disability and civil rights attorney, is rounding out her second term as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing South Baltimore, downtown and the Inner Harbor. Hannah Gaskill, Baltimore Sun, 19 July 2022 Mary McLeod Bethune on Wednesday became the first Black American to be represented with a state statue in National Statuary Hall, a central room of the United States Capitol, honored for her work championing education and civil rights. New York Times, 13 July 2022 Other winners include the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, soccer star and LGBTQ advocate Megan Rapinoe, and civil rights veterans Diane Nash and Fred Gray. Editors, USA TODAY, 7 July 2022 Biden’s list of recipients, his first as president, include stalwarts of politics, sports, entertainment, religion, civil rights, labor, and the military. BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2022 In a June poll commissioned by a coalition of crime prevention, civil rights and business groups, three-quarters of respondents described the city as unsafe and 84% said crime had gotten worse over the previous year. Jamiles Lartey, NBC News, 6 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of civil rights

circa 1614, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for civil rights

see civil

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7 Aug 2022

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“Civil rights.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/civil%20rights. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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