verb (used with object)
noun Digital Technology.
- a flaw in hardware or software that is vulnerable to hacking or other cyberattacks.
- a piece of software that takes advantage of such a flaw to compromise a computer system or network.
Origin of exploit2
Examples from the Web for exploiter
Historical Examples of exploiter
Our merchant is an exploiter and uses his capital for that purpose.Virgin Soil
Ivan S. Turgenev
He is regarded not as the "exploiter," the man grown fat on the labour of others.Appearances
Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
At any rate, he did not hesitate to exploiter them most unconscionably.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician
Will you, to control the exploiter, be obliged to control all men, even in detail?Philosophy and The Social Problem
They have been the pioneer, the land farmer, the exploiter and the husbandman.The Evolution of the Country Community
Warren H. Wilson
verb (ɪkˈsplɔɪt) (tr)
Word Origin for exploit
late 14c., "outcome of an action," from Old French esploit (12c.), a very common word, used in senses of "action, deed, profit, achievement," from Latin explicitum "a thing settled, ended, displayed," neuter of explicitus, past participle of explicare "unfold" (see explicit).
Meaning "feat, achievement" is c.1400. Sense evolution is from "unfolding" to "bringing out" to "having advantage" to "achievement." Related: Exploits.
c.1400 espleiten, esploiten "to accomplish, achieve, fulfill," from Old French esploitier, espleiter, from esploit (see exploit (n.)).
The sense of "use selfishly" first recorded 1838, from French, perhaps extended from use of the word with reference to mines, etc. (cf. exploitation). Related: Exploited; exploiting. As an adjective form, exploitative (1882) is from French; exploitive (by 1859) appears to be a native formation.