starvation wages

plural noun

: wages insufficient to provide the ordinary necessities of life

Examples of starvation wages in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those aren’t starvation wages. Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 The American people understand that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of starvation wages was in 1825

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“Starvation wages.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/starvation%20wages. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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