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hireling

[hahyuh r-ling] /ˈhaɪər lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a person who works only for pay, especially in a menial or boring job, with little or no concern for the value of the work.
adjective
2.
serving for pay only.
3.
venal; mercenary.
Origin
late Middle English
1000
before 1000; late Middle English hirlyng, Old English hȳrling. See hire, -ling1
Synonyms
1. menial, minion, flunky, lackey, retainer.
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Examples for hireling
  • The police commissioner is the hireling of a steel-springed rackets boss.
  • The hireling is gained by money, the true friend by an obliging behavior.
  • If he leaves it off it is a sign that he is a hireling.
  • His vote is of no more worth than that of any unprincipled foreigner or hireling native, who may have been bought.
British Dictionary definitions for hireling

hireling

/ˈhaɪəlɪŋ/
noun
1.
(derogatory) a person who works only for money, esp one paid to do something unpleasant
Word Origin
Old English hӯrling; related to Dutch huurling; see hire, -ling1
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Word Origin and History for hireling
n.

"one who works for hire," Old English hyrling; see hire + -ling. As an adjective by 1580s.

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hireling in the Bible

a labourer employed on hire for a limited time (Job 7:1; 14:6; Mark 1:20). His wages were paid as soon as his work was over (Lev. 19:13). In the time of our Lord a day's wage was a "penny" (q.v.) i.e., a Roman denarius (Matt. 20:1-14).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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