wage slave

noun

: a person dependent on wages or a salary for a livelihood

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Proslavery propaganda in the antebellum South insisted that Northern wage slaves were worse off than Southern chattel slaves. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, 11 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wage slave was in 1882

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“Wage slave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wage%20slave. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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