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saboteur

[sab-uh-tur] /ˌsæb əˈtɜr/
noun
1.
a person who commits or practices sabotage.
Origin of saboteur
1920-1925
1920-25; < French, equivalent to sabot(er) to botch (see sabotage) + -eur -eur
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Examples from the Web for saboteur
Contemporary Examples
  • Over the course of a convincingly dreary London winter, a love triangle forms, with David in the role of underminer and saboteur.

Historical Examples
  • Then it can be guessed what this saboteur will think and do.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
  • If there's a saboteur aboard—and I think there is—then the whole operation's in jeopardy.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • The presence of a saboteur on the Aztec represented a bungle in his department.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • Strangely enough, Richter bothered him more than the saboteur.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • In the first hours of the new morning Gotch named the saboteur.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • The knowledge that one of his crew was a saboteur lay constantly in his mind.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • But I thought we could get enough information that way to tell us who our saboteur is.

    Psichopath Gordon Randall Garrett
  • There is a saboteur—maybe more than one, we do not know—among you.

    Where I Wasn't Going Walt Richmond
  • You are to turn it off, and to prevent the saboteur from stopping you.

    Where I Wasn't Going Walt Richmond
British Dictionary definitions for saboteur

saboteur

/ˌsæbəˈtɜː/
noun
1.
a person who commits sabotage
Word Origin
C20: from French; see sabotage
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Word Origin and History for saboteur
n.

1912 (from 1909 as a French word in English), a borrowing of the French agent noun from sabotage (see sabotage (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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