follow Dictionary.com

Fiancé or fiancée? What's the difference?

exploitation

[ek-sploi-tey-shuh n] /ˌɛk splɔɪˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
use or utilization, especially for profit:
the exploitation of newly discovered oil fields.
2.
selfish utilization:
He got ahead through the exploitation of his friends.
3.
the combined, often varied, use of public-relations and advertising techniques to promote a person, movie, product, etc.
Origin of exploitation
1795-1805
1795-1805; < French; see exploit2, -ation
Related forms
exploitational, adjective
exploitationally, adverb
nonexploitation, noun
overexploitation, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for exploitation
Word Origin and History for exploitation
n.

1803, "productive working" of something, a positive word among those who used it first, though regarded as a Gallicism, from French exploitation, noun of action from exploiter (see exploit (v.)). Bad sense developed 1830s-50s, in part from influence of French socialist writings (especially Saint Simon), also perhaps influenced by U.S. anti-slavery writing; and the insulting word was hurled at activities it once had crowned as praise.

It follows from this science [conceived by Saint Simon] that the tendency of the human race is from a state of antagonism to that of an universal peaceful association -- from the dominating influence of the military spirit to that of the industriel one; from what they call l'exploitation de l'homme par l'homme to the exploitation of the globe by industry. ["Quarterly Review," April & July 1831]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for exploitation

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for exploitation

21
24
Scrabble Words With Friends