starvation wages

plural noun

Definition of starvation wages

: wages insufficient to provide the ordinary necessities of life

Examples of starvation wages in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The American people understand that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage. New York Times, "Read Bernie Sanders’s Full Speech About Staying in the Race," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of starvation wages

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Starvation wages.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of starvation wages

: money paid to workers that is not enough to pay for the things (such as food and shelter) that are needed to live

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