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Meaning of HIRELING

Pronunciation:  'hIrling

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a person who works only for money

HIRELING is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: pensionary
 See Also: employee



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hire"ling\ (-l[i^]ng), n. [AS. h[=y]reling. See
    {Hire}, n., and {-ling}.]
    One who is hired, or who serves for wages; esp., one whose
    motive and interest in serving another are wholly gainful; a
    mercenary. ``Lewd hirelings.'' --Milton.
  2. \Hire"ling\, a.
    Serving for hire or wages; venal; mercenary. ``Hireling
    mourners.'' --Dryden.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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).

Thesaurus Terms
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