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intelligencer

[in-tel-i-juh n-ser] /ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒən sər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that conveys information.
2.
an informer; spy.
Origin of intelligencer
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80; intelligence + -er2
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  • "No such thing on the intelligencer," Gootes informed me in a loud whisper.

  • Let me tell you, the intelligencer is the evildoers' nemesis.

  • The Daily intelligencer was gorged with letters from its readers on the subject of the grass.

  • Barely, perhaps, and I should have to wire the intelligencer for money to return.

  • Is a state newes-monger; and his owne genius is his intelligencer.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • Since it looked more vigorous with each passing hour, I saw myself on the payroll of the intelligencer for a long time to come.

  • You had best inquire Of your intelligencer: I am no informer.

  • You may print that in the intelligencer and repeat it to Raleigh.

    The Little Brown Jug at Kildare Meredith Nicholson
  • "Oh," said the judge, folding the intelligencer on his knee.

    The Kentons William Dean Howells
  • The interview that resulted in the 'intelligencer' was the least evil that came of this error.

    The Kentons William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for intelligencer

intelligencer

/ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒənsə/
noun
1.
(archaic) an informant or spy
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Word Origin and History for intelligencer
n.

1580s, "spy, informant," agent noun from intelligence. Meaning "bringer of news" is from 1630s; as a newspaper name from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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