- persons, especially a large group, performing labor under duress or threats, as prisoners in a concentration camp; a labor force of slaves or slavelike prisoners.
- labor done by slaves.
- any coerced or poorly remunerated work: Typing at that salary is slave labor.
Origin of slave labor
First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for slave labor
Well, I hoped never to eat a supper procured by slave-labor.Left on Labrador
Charles Asbury Stephens
They nearly all continued to trade with the South, and to use the products of slave-labor.The Grimk Sisters
Catherine H. Birney
That slave-labor is employed here, and slavery exists, we have sufficient proof in traveling through the country.Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes
Under the New System, such troublemakers were banished to the slave-labor details of the precious-earth mines to the North.Blind Spot
He was the political economist of the slave-labor system, as Calhoun was its political scientist and constitutional lawyer.The Middle Period 1817-1858
John William Burgess