Simple Definition of espionage
: the things that are done to find out secrets from enemies or competitors : the activity of spying
Full Definition of espionage
: 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
He was charged with several counts of espionage.
<the acts of espionage on behalf of the Confederacy carried on by Belle Boyd and Rose Greenhow>
Origin 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
Definition of espionage
: the practice of spying : the use of spies
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