wage slave


Definition of wage slave

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

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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, "‘The Lehman Trilogy’ and Wall Street’s Debt to Slavery," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of wage slave

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Wage slave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wage%20slave. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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