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 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 Your last novel had a mystery element with Freddy uncovering family secrets, and this seems to have the same with Nick and Sabrina partnering to find a saboteur. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "How morning TV and London at Christmas inspired Lucy Parker's new romance," 27 Sep. 2019 Immediate measures were taken to clear the square of possible saboteurs., "Parliament was scheduled to meet Thursday to amend laws governing compensation to include victims of security operations and vote on changes to the structure of Iraq’s electoral commission, the body that oversees polls across the country, according to two lawmakers in attendance.," 5 Dec. 2019 The sale of Huawei’s technology would not guarantee security from Chinese spies or saboteurs. The Economist, "Huawei has made a peace offering that deserves consideration," 12 Sep. 2019 Government officials said the fire was perpetrated by saboteurs from outside the protest movement. Arkansas Online, "Iraqi prime minister to resign in wake of deadly protests," 29 Nov. 2019

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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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18 May 2020

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“Saboteur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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