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.

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In 1916, German saboteurs blew up a munitions plant on Black Tom, an island near Jersey City, N.J., killing about a dozen people. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 30 July 2019 In 1942, during World War II, six Nazi saboteurs who were captured after landing in the United States were executed in Washington, D.C.; two others who cooperated with authorities were spared. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 8 Aug. 2019 Democrats openly disdain him as a saboteur, while many key Republicans distrust his willingness to compromise, particularly on fiscal policy. Anchorage Daily News, "Mulvaney builds ‘an empire for the right wing’ as Trump’s chief of staff," 15 July 2019 Recruited to help the cops find the saboteurs, Moreau is not surprised to learn that among the suspects are several racers themselves. Richard Lipez, Washington Post, "Looking for a summer thriller? Here are 9 picks for your beach bag.," 20 June 2019 All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Pavlik Morozov Is the Patron Saint of Cancel Culture," 2 July 2019 Although the cause of the fire was never determined, there has long been speculation that the fire may have been started by Confederate saboteurs. Annie Gentile, courant.com, "Historical Society Celebrates Trails Day," 6 June 2019 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

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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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saboteur

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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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