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Definition of informer

1 : one that imparts knowledge or news
2 : one that informs against another specifically : one who makes a practice especially for a financial reward of informing against others for violations of penal laws

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Examples of informer in a Sentence

the informer who told the police about that conspiracy has angered a lot of dangerous people
Recent Examples on the Web Recently, allegations were also made that Gulbinowicz was an informer for the communist-era secret security. Fox News, "Polish cardinal chastised by Vatican unconscious in hospital," 10 Nov. 2020 No revolutionary could be sure whether anyone was a true comrade or a police informer. Robert Service, Washington Post, "Did Stalin’s rise to power foretell the butchery that came next?," 30 Oct. 2020 The compression of the two heads within the rectangle and the informer’s slice of white teeth conspire to suggest the sinister and the unsavory. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle’ Review: Fiercely Painted Histories," 26 Sep. 2020 Watch it on: Netflix informer For all the consolation of shows that stick to a formula, the ones that upend generic conventions can be even more gratifying. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "20 Undersung Crime Shows to Binge-Watch," 23 Apr. 2020 The friendliest faces who greeted me might be informers. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 Meghan Sorensen can be reached at meghan.sorensen informer. Stefania Lugliand Meghan Sorensen,, "Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating a 100-year-old theater," 8 Jan. 2020 When a prison is a country, the smallest children can be unwitting informers and the most prosaic acts can be treasonous. Kyle Smith, National Review, "In Balloon, a Great Escape from Socialism," 26 Feb. 2020 John’s right-hand man, Johnjoe Doe, is actually a Harrison, but teaming up with John Doe apparently is like joining the — if the Ramones had a predilection for torture murder and were fond of using a Ouija board to root out informers. Jim Ruland, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Anna Burns’ second novel on the Irish Troubles ... and our own," 15 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of informer

circa 1504, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of informer was circa 1504

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“Informer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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: a person who gives information to the police about secret or criminal activities



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