double agent

noun

Definition of double agent

: a spy pretending to serve one government while actually serving another

Examples of double agent in a Sentence

He was secretly working as a double agent for the Americans during the war.

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Skripal was a double agent who betrayed Russia by spying for the West. James Rogers, Fox News, "Police 'super-recognizers' helped ID suspects in Novichok poisoning of ex-spy," 6 Sep. 2018 Former Russian spy and double agent Sergei Skripal, the victim of a nerve agent attack in England. Fox News, "Rep. Trey Gowdy on Helsinki summit fallout," 22 July 2018 Former Russian spy and double agent Sergei Skripal and his adult daughter, Yulia, were poisoned four months ago in what British authorities deemed a deliberate attack. William Booth, Anchorage Daily News, "Woman exposed to nerve agent in southern England dies; police launch murder investigation," 9 July 2018 Former Russian spy and double agent Sergei Skripal and his adult daughter, Yulia, were poisoned four months ago in what British authorities deemed a deliberate attack. William Booth, Washington Post, "Woman exposed to nerve agent in southern England dies; police launch murder investigation," 8 July 2018 The 33-year-old Russian was found a month ago collapsed on a bench in the English city of Salisbury alongside her father -- double agent Sergei Skripal -- after being exposed to a nerve agent the U.K. blames on the Kremlin. Flavia Krause-jackson, Bloomberg.com, "Woman in Russian Spy Mystery Moves to Center of Diplomatic Feud," 5 Apr. 2018 Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were both exposed to a nerve agent on March 4 in the English city of Salisbury and remain in a critical condition in hospital. Ben Westcott, CNN, "EU leaders back UK in Russian row over nerve agent attack," 23 Mar. 2018 Britain has accused Russia of being behind the nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, prompting nearly two dozen nations to expel over 150 Russian diplomats. Suzan Fraser And Ayse Wieting, chicagotribune.com, "Turkey, Russia deepen ties amid troubled relations with West," 2 Apr. 2018 During the same timeframe, Iranian intelligence officials were also directly approaching US CIA officers, trying to recruit them to be double agents. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How did Iran find CIA spies? They Googled it," 2 Nov. 2018

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1935, in the meaning defined above

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double agent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of double agent

: a spy who pretends to spy for one government while actually spying for another

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