Drudgery vs Employment - What's the difference?

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Drudgery is a related term of employment.

As nouns the difference between drudgery and employment

is that drudgery is tedious, menial and exhausting work while employment is a use, purpose.




  • tedious, menial and exhausting work
  • * 1748 . David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. ยง 34.
  • we are, perhaps, all the while flattering our natural indolence, which, hating the bustle of the world, and drudgery of business seeks a pretence of reason to give itself a full and uncontrolled indulgence.


    * tedium * moil * See also

    Derived terms

    * drudgerous (rare)




    (wikipedia employment)
  • A use, purpose
  • * 1873 , John Stuart Mill, Autobiography of John Stuart Mill
  • This new employment of his time caused no relaxation in his attention to my education.
  • The act of employing
  • ''The personnel director handled the whole employment procedure
  • The state of being employed
  • * 1853 , Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener'', in ''Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories'', New York: Penguin Books, 1968; reprint 1995 as ''Bartleby , ISBN 0 14 60.0012 9, p.3:
  • At the period just preceding the advent of Bartleby, I had two persons as copyists in my employment , and a promising lad as an office-boy.
  • The work or occupation for which one is used, and often paid
  • An activity to which one devotes time
  • (economics) The number or percentage of people at work
  • Synonyms

    * employ * hire


    * unemployment * underemployment