labor camp


Definition of labor camp 

1 : a penal colony where forced labor is performed

2 : a camp for migratory laborers

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If there was any resistance by the Slavs, they were rounded up and sent to labor camps, if not summarily executed., "Globe South Commentary," 8 June 2018 Virtually the only place in Russia where this has happened is a former labor camp outside of Perm, in the Urals, carefully restored over some years. Adam Hochschild, New York Times, "Illuminating the Dark World of the Soviet Gulag, in Photos and Text," 6 Apr. 2018 And so, there's no possible way that President Trump would be willing to meet with somebody who was holding Americans hostage in a labor camp. Fox News, "Hillary Clinton blames another group for her election loss," 3 May 2018 These labor camps are rife with abuses, from forcing prisoners into mining without proper safety procedures to more horrific actions, including rape, testing biological weapons on prisoners, and murder. Brian Finlay, Fortune, "Businesses Are Salivating Over an Open North Korea. Should They Be?," 20 June 2018 Trump invited as his guests the parents of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who was arrested during a study abroad tour in North Korea, charged with crimes against the state and imprisoned at a labor camp. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "In a bid for history, Trump flatters North Korea's totalitarian leader," 12 June 2018 Her precious teacher…had she been sent to a labor camp? Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Most Best Happy Korean Bright Star" by Michelle Massie," 2 June 2018 The three were even transferred out of a labor camp last month, according to a report from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. Alex Diaz, Fox News, "North Korea, Trump have more than nukes to discuss at historic sit-down, experts say," 4 May 2018 Grinberg had survived the Kovno ghetto and the forced labor camps around Dachau partly because his captors allowed him to act as a physician. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of labor camp

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a place where prisoners are kept and forced to do hard physical labor

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