[ek-sploi-tey-shuh n] /ˌɛk splɔɪˈteɪ ʃən/
use or utilization, especially for profit:
the exploitation of newly discovered oil fields.
He got ahead through the exploitation of his friends.
the combined, often varied, use of public-relations and advertising techniques to promote a person, movie, product, etc.
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]
[ik-sploh-siv] /ɪkˈsploʊ sɪv/ adjective 1. tending or serving to : an explosive temper; Nitroglycerin is an explosive substance. 2. pertaining to or of the nature of an : explosive violence. 3. likely to lead to violence or hostility: an explosive issue. 4. Phonetics. . noun 5. an explosive agent or substance, as dynamite. 6. Phonetics. […]
[non-ek-spawr-tey-shuh n, -spohr-] /ˌnɒn ɛk spɔrˈteɪ ʃən, -spoʊr-/ noun 1. failure or refusal to export.
[ik-spoh-zher] /ɪkˈspoʊ ʒər/ noun 1. the act of exposing, laying open, or uncovering: the sudden exposure of objects that were hidden under the blanket. 2. the fact or state of being exposed: A bandage will avoid exposure of the wound. 3. disclosure, as of something private or secret: the exposure of their invasion plans. 4. […]
[ik-spres-iv] /ɪkˈsprɛs ɪv/ adjective 1. full of ; meaningful: an expressive shrug. 2. serving to ; indicative of power to : a look expressive of gratitude. 3. of, relating to, or concerned with : Dance is a highly expressive art. 4. Sociology. (of a crowd or group) engaging in nonpurposeful activity of an expressive and […]