- the act or practice of spying.
- the use of spies by a government to discover the military and political secrets of other nations.
- the use of spies by a corporation or the like to acquire the plans, technical knowledge, etc., of a competitor: industrial espionage.
Origin of espionage
Examples from the Web for espionage
That is why I visited my relatives in Iran in 2011, when I was unjustly arrested and charged with espionage.
In 2011, he was arrested while visiting his grandmother in Iran, charged with espionage, and sentenced to death.
The crime-fighting penguins, says the trailer, are “masters of the skies, espionage, and aerial assault.”Lovable ‘Madagascar’ Penguins Are Known to Rape and Torture in Real Life
November 26, 2014
Whatever skills it takes to succeed in espionage or racketeering, I patently lack.Vaccines Are Poison, Cellphones Cause Cancer, and Other Medical Conspiracies
July 18, 2014
This official declined to discuss the details of the current espionage case that is roiling the German government today.One Big Reason The CIA Spied on Germany: Worries About Russian Moles in Berlin
July 12, 2014
Plato does not seem to be aware that espionage can only have a negative effect.Laws
I am neither ashamed of the 'espionage,' nor should I be averse to the marriage.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
The world was at peace, and there was no incentive to espionage as there had been in pre-war days.The Doctor of Pimlico
William Le Queux
I will not, as now, be watched and suspected, and be under a state of espionage!The Home
It is "a system of espionage" that prevails under every form of government.White Lies
- the systematic use of spies to obtain secret information, esp by governments to discover military or political secrets
- the act or practice of spying
Word Origin and History for espionage
1793, from French espionnage "spying," from Middle French espionner "to spy," from Old French espion "spy," probably via Italian spione from a Germanic source akin to Old High German spehon "spy" (see spy).