informer

noun
in·​form·​er | \in-ˈfȯr-mər \

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

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The payment of $104 million to UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld, apparently the largest ever, has inspired other informers. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "The IRS Is Still Coming for You, Offshore Tax Cheats," 14 Sep. 2018 Permits mean higher-paying jobs in Israel, but suspected informers are shunned or attacked in their communities. Washington Post, "In Israel’s permits, Palestinians see tool to control lives," 1 May 2018 These defendants are here on the strength of testimony given by a secret informer, neighbors or their own families. Hamza Hendawi, Washington Post, "A neighbor’s word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018 In May 2017, shortly after his neighborhood was freed from IS, Saleh said he was sent to a local prison, tortured and beaten for four days after the neighbor labeled him an informer. Hamza Hendawi, Washington Post, "A neighbor’s word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018 The victims were suspected of being police informers. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "South African liberation fighter Winnie Madikizela-Mandela laid to rest with songs, tears and cheers," 14 Apr. 2018 The brother-in-law of one of the men was killed by militants last year, accused of being an informer for the Indian military. Yasin Dar And Aijaz Hussain, Fox News, "In Kashmir, 2 killings come amid tangles of fear and loyalty," 6 Apr. 2018 Permits mean freedom of movement and higher-paying jobs in Israel, but those suspected of being informers are shunned or attacked by their communities. Washington Post, "For Palestinians, Israeli permits a complex tool of control," 1 May 2018 But the reactions are far more complicated, tangled in fear and loyalty, when villagers accused of being informers are targeted. Yasin Dar And Aijaz Hussain, Fox News, "In Kashmir, 2 killings come amid tangles of fear and loyalty," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of informer

circa 1504, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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informer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of informer

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

informer

noun
in·​form·​er

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