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[kon-truh-ban-dist] /ˈkɒn trəˌbæn dɪst/
a person engaged in contraband trade; smuggler.
Origin of contrabandist
From the Spanish word contrabandista, dating back to 1810-20. See contraband, -ist
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contrabandism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I demand the service of this contrabandist as my domestic until this day week.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • With the confidence which the contrabandist inspired in him he asked him for money.

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • A contrabandist was entrusted with a good many things, and knew how to keep them secret.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • The contrabandist swore to betray nothing, and he kept his word; nobody was more trustworthy than the genuine smuggler.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • They scent the soldiers as a contrabandist's dog scents a custom-house officer.

  • In Andalusia they say that a contrabandist can conceal himself behind half a brick.

    In Kedar's Tents Henry Seton Merriman
  • The rude native, the contrabandist who mocked at laws seemed stupefied by the news.

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

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