sab·​o·​teur ˌsa-bə-ˈtər How to pronounce saboteur (audio)
: one that practices sabotage

Examples of saboteur in a Sentence

The car's tires were slashed by saboteurs.
Recent Examples on the Web The rugged, mountainous terrain that Leonidas had used so well nearly 2,500 years earlier quickly drew the eyes of these audacious saboteurs. Myke Cole and Michael Livingston, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Feb. 2024 Fans labelled the orcas’ behavior as anti-colonial protest or anti-capitalist direct action, and pledged solidarity with the ocean’s saboteurs. Rachel Riederer, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2023 Both appear in the new trailer PEOPLE can also exclusively debut for the psychological reality competition series, which challenges contestants to sniff out the secret saboteurs among them in an effort to win $250,000. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 14 Jan. 2024 No literary justice here: the saboteurs live on to fight another day, unpunished. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's Magazine, 1 Nov. 2023 The Russian Black Sea Fleet first deployed bottlenose dolphins in Sevastopol back in 2018, apparently as a defense against Ukrainian saboteurs. David Axe, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 In fact, she’s done all kinds of spy-like work and knows a thing or two about uncovering saboteurs. Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune, 23 Mar. 2023 Several officials doubted that skilled saboteurs would leave such glaring evidence of their guilt behind. Kate Brady, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2023 Away from the thunder of the artillery at the front, Ukrainian saboteurs and resistance fighters continue to work behind enemy lines to undermine the Russian war effort. Marc Santora, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


French, from saboter

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of saboteur was in 1921

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“Saboteur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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sab·​o·​teur ˌsab-ə-ˈtər How to pronounce saboteur (audio)
: a person who performs sabotage

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