saboteur

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web But the extra precautions and personnel required cost the Soviets more money, prompting the Dnipro city government to accuse Schneersohn of being a saboteur. George Castle, chicagotribune.com, 5 Apr. 2022 By remaining in Kyiv at the time, Zelenskyy also faced personal danger, broadcasting from the capital despite Russian missiles hitting targets in the city every night and Russian saboteur units allegedly sent to kill him. Byguy Davies, ABC News, 30 Apr. 2022 The shootings have had a chilling effect on the saboteur network, Azarov said. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2022 Any travel by private car, whatever the circumstances, risks an accidental shooting at a checkpoint by jittery Ukrainian soldiers patrolling for Russian saboteur groups after curfew. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 That said, have used the app to confirm the identities of people at military checkpoints and to check whether a Ukrainian is a possible Russian infiltrator or saboteur. Arkansas Online, 16 Apr. 2022 That said, have used the app to confirm the identities of people at military checkpoints and to check to see whether a Ukrainian is a possible Russian infiltrator or saboteur. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 At one of them, Rabbi Stambler said that the military personnel told him to get out of the car and accused him of being a Russian saboteur before searching his phone and finding nothing of interest. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 They were ambushed by a saboteur Russian reconnaissance squad, they were later told. Margo Gontar, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

25 May 2022

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“Saboteur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saboteur. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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