sab·​o·​teur | \ ˌsa-bə-ˈtər How to pronounce saboteur (audio) , -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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No one devising the assessments had any idea who would make the perfect intelligence agent or even what a saboteur or pigeoneer did. Carol Tavris, WSJ, "‘The Personality Brokers’ Review: A Blurred View of Who You Are," 6 Sep. 2018 For that reason these convoys are heavily armed, meant to keep saboteurs at arm’s length until the missile is in the air, racing toward the missile fields of Montana. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "New Video Shows Russia's Mobile ICBMs Tackling the Snow," 17 Dec. 2018 During the war more than 5,000 people were given dozens of personality tests, including the MBTI, to figure out which job would best suit them: paratrooper, resistance leader, saboteur, pigeoneer, spy. Carol Tavris, WSJ, "‘The Personality Brokers’ Review: A Blurred View of Who You Are," 6 Sep. 2018 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

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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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