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 After being dripped in gold and on Cloud 9, WWE began its saboteur hack job on The Hurt Business. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, "WWE WrestleMania 37 Results: Bobby Lashley Steals Drew McIntyre’s Moment, A Timeline," 11 Apr. 2021 Trump, by his words and his example, became not a leader but a saboteur. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, "The Plague Year," 28 Dec. 2020 In January, accused eco-saboteur Joseph Dibee suffered a broken jaw during a jail attack from another inmate at Multnomah County’s Inverness Jail. oregonlive, "Accused eco-saboteur Joseph Dibee suffered broken jaw in Multnomah County jail attack this year. Now he’s got COVID-19," 24 Dec. 2020 And a determined saboteur could use the same type of attacks to cause as much as $350 million per year in economic damage. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets," 4 Aug. 2020 The president, who has ordered a probe into the country’s testing protocols, insinuated possible interference by unnamed saboteurs. Rabson Kondowe, Quartz Africa, "Tanzania’s president is blaming the sharp rise of coronavirus cases on faulty testing kits," 4 May 2020 Karl Muck’s story reflects a darker side: suspicion that German immigrants were saboteurs. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "War, Fever, and Baseball in 1918," 29 Mar. 2020 But RuPaul has always been something of a nostalgist and a small-c conservative—a student of America’s supposed meritocracy rather than a saboteur of it. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "AJ and the Queen Says Drag Will Make America Okay Again," 15 Jan. 2020 Police were called and a fight broke out; Teatr.doc complained about the invasion, the saboteurs that a minor had been admitted. The Economist, "Pursued by a bear The many ways to censor cutting-edge art in Russia," 30 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of saboteur was in 1921

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19 Apr 2021

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“Saboteur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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