saboteur

[ sab-uh-tur ]
/ ˌsæb əˈtɜr /

noun

a person who commits or practices sabotage.

Origin of saboteur

1920–25; < French, equivalent to sabot(er) to botch (see sabotage) + -eur -eur
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British Dictionary definitions for saboteur

saboteur

/ (ˌsæbəˈtɜː) /

noun

a person who commits sabotage

Word Origin for saboteur

C20: from French; see sabotage
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Word Origin and History for saboteur

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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