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saboteur

[sab-uh-tur]
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noun
  1. a person who commits or practices sabotage.
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Origin of saboteur

1920–25; < French, equivalent to sabot(er) to botch (see sabotage) + -eur -eur
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  • Then it can be guessed what this saboteur will think and do.

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  • Strangely enough, Richter bothered him more than the saboteur.

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

  • The presence of a saboteur on the Aztec represented a bungle in his department.

  • In the first hours of the new morning Gotch named the saboteur.


British Dictionary definitions for saboteur

saboteur

noun
  1. a person who commits sabotage
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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.)).

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