sab·​o·​teur | \ˌsa-bə-ˈtər, -ˈtu̇r, -ˈtyu̇r\

Definition of saboteur 

: one that practices sabotage

Examples of saboteur in a Sentence

The car's tires were slashed by saboteurs.

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In another, a naval intelligence officer estimated that fewer than 3 percent of the Japanese population might be saboteurs. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "How the Supreme Court struck down a WWII-era travesty when it upheld Trump’s travel ban," 27 June 2018 Tesla sued a former employee Wednesday, accusing the man of hacking the automaker's computer systems and stealing company secrets, shedding light on what chief Elon Musk had suggested was the work of a secretive internal saboteur. Drew Harwell,, "Former employee sued by Tesla says he was a whistleblower," 21 June 2018 That campaign, of course, will be another alluring target for the saboteurs in the central government. The Economist, "India’s national government and the city of Delhi are feuding," 21 June 2018 On Sunday, Musk wrote a memo to employees alleging there was a saboteur within the company’s ranks. Bloomberg,, "Tesla sues ex-employee, accusing him of sabotage campaign," 20 June 2018 But the crash was not the work of German saboteurs, as some people believed due to the U.S. being then at war with Germany. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "The truths of the circus train crash of 1918 are more horrifying than myths," 20 June 2018 He’s now presented as dangerous, un-American, a saboteur. Erick Trickey, Smithsonian, "When America’s Most Prominent Socialist Was Jailed for Speaking Out Against World War I," 15 June 2018 The queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race saw double on Thursday night's (June 7) episode, as the top five competitors were tasked with creating two runway looks: one that showed them at their very best and another that depicted their inner-saboteur. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "'RuPaul's Drag Race': Fans React to Top 5 Elimination Shocker," 7 June 2018 The only existing parallels are tyrants like Stalin, who used fictions of saboteurs and foreign agents to keep the population in line, and explain away any setbacks. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "“Spygate” and a short history of conspiracy-mongering.," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of saboteur

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saboteur

French, from saboter

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English Language Learners Definition of saboteur

: a person who destroys or damages something deliberately : a person who performs sabotage

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