noun, plural dos·si·ers [dos-ee-eyz, -ee-erz, daw-see-eyz, -see-ers; French daw-syey]. /ˈdɒs iˌeɪz, -i ərz, ˈdɔ siˌeɪz, -si ərs; French dɔˈsyeɪ/.
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What does dossier mean?
A dossier is a collection of detailed information about a person or other subject.
The word dossier is popularly associated with espionage, law enforcement, and politics. When used in these contexts, it often refers to a file that includes all the “dirt” on someone (such as secret negative information that could be used to blackmail them).
Example: We’ve been tracking this guy for years—we have a 2,000-page dossier on him.
Where does dossier come from?
Dossier comes directly from French, in which it specifically means a “a bundle of papers with a label on the back.” (In French, dos means “back.”) Dossier has been used in English since at least the late 1800s.
Dossier just means “a collection of documents about the same topic.” Dossiers are typically meant to provide comprehensive, detailed information about a subject. In crime TV shows, when a detective hands another detective a thick folder that’s filled with documents about a suspect’s criminal record (usually with their photo paper-clipped to the front), that’s a dossier (though on TV they often just call it a file). But movies and real-life intrigue have made dossier become closely associated with the kind of secret files compiled by spy agencies and political operatives. In this sense, dossiers often contain things like intercepted emails, hidden bank records, and secretly taken photos of the target in compromising positions.
Still, in general, a dossier can be a file on any single subject. It can contain information on a particular organization, business, or any topic—not just an individual person.
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- dossiers (plural)
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How is dossier used in real life?
Dossier can be used in a neutral way that simply refers to a packet of information on a subject. But it is often used to refer to a file filled with secret or scandalous details about a person’s life.
Coming up soon: USADA's 1,000-page dossier of evidence of systematic doping by Lance Armstrong. Tygart statement here: http://t.co/uIiZVsC4
— Matt Seaton (@mattseaton) October 10, 2012
The story of FIFA, the international soccer governing body, is also a story of bribery, international intrigue, a former spy who compiled a dossier on President Donald Trump and a guy who walked around with a parrot on his shoulder. https://t.co/kmmrS58fjw
— Marketplace (@Marketplace) June 18, 2018
Y’all thought Batman and Superman and them were pals. But little did you know Batman only formed the justice league to build a dossier about how to manage/defeat/kill any and all of the heroes on the team in case they ever became a threat.
Trust no one.
— 沈黙 (@cqrainh2o) December 4, 2019
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Dossiers always contain secret information that can be used to blackmail someone.
Example sentences from the Web for dossier
And yet, a dossier of allegations involving human rights could not help any cardinal at a moment like that.
Last year, the Home Office said the dossier had mysteriously disappeared from the archives.Victim: I Watched British MPs Rape and Murder Young Boys|Nico Hines|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Recently, when whistleblowers finally surfaced, the Home Office officials could find no trace of the dossier.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero|Clive Irving|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“What the dossier claims is staggering,” Michele De Luca, director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, told Science Insider.‘Hero’ Doc Accused of Harvesting Stem Cells in Dirty Basements|Barbie Latza Nadeau|April 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Benedict reportedly locked up the dossier in the papal apartments for the next pope to deal with.Is Pope Francis Going After the Vatican’s ‘Gay Lobby’?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|June 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They number ninety volumes; the dossier alone of Germinal forms four volumes of five hundred pages.Ivory Apes and Peacocks|James Huneker
What was obviously the dossier slid from the desk chute and Holland leafed through it, as though disinterested.Frigid Fracas|Dallas McCord Reynolds
You will have to ask for that dossier, and study it most carefully for your own defence.My Memoirs|Marguerite Steinheil
They won't have your dossier, so you can tell any lie you like.Greenmantle|John Buchan
He had their dossier, as the French say, and as the police has of that of every conspicuous criminal.Materials and Methods of Fiction|Clayton Hamilton