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espionage

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noun es·pi·o·nage \ˈes-pē-ə-ˌnäzh, -ˌnäj, -nij, Canada also -ˌnazh; ˌes-pē-ə-ˈnäzh; is-ˈpē-ə-nij\

Simple Definition of espionage

  • : the things that are done to find out secrets from enemies or competitors : the activity of spying

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of espionage

  1. :  the practice of spying or using spies to obtain information about the plans and activities especially of a foreign government or a competing company <industrial espionage>

Examples of espionage in a sentence

  1. He was charged with several counts of espionage.

  2. <the acts of espionage on behalf of the Confederacy carried on by Belle Boyd and Rose Greenhow>



Origin and Etymology of espionage

French espionnage, from Middle French, from espionner to spy, from espion spy, from Old Italian spione, from spia, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German spehōn to spy — more at spy


First Known Use: 1793


ESPIONAGE Defined for Kids

espionage

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noun es·pi·o·nage \ˈe-spē-ə-ˌnäzh\

Definition of espionage for Students

  1. :  the practice of spying :  the use of spies




Law Dictionary

espionage

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noun es·pi·o·nage \ˈes-pē-ə-ˌnäzh, -ˌnäj, -nij\

Legal Definition of espionage

  1. :  the practice of gathering, transmitting, or losing through gross negligence information relating to the defense of the U.S. with the intent that or with reason to believe that the information will be used to the injury of the U.S. or the advantage of a foreign nation





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