spy·​mas·​ter | \ ˈspī-ˌma-stər How to pronounce spymaster (audio) \

Definition of spymaster

: the head of a ring of spies : a director of intelligence

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Recent Examples on the Web John Jay, another Livingston in-law, had been a Revolutionary spymaster, diplomat, and politician who had helped write the state’s constitution. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "The New York Manumission Society," 24 Oct. 2019 But the spymasters who have jousted with Trump have no claim to purity. Jefferson Morley, The New Republic, "Democrats Are Trapped in Trump’s “Deep State” War," 16 Sep. 2019 By Daniel Silva In this absorbing exercise in literary chutzpah, Silva brings his Israeli spymaster Gabriel Allon back again for more bloodletting and realpolitik chicanery on behalf of Israel and the Western Alliance. Richard Lipez, Washington Post, "Looking for a summer thriller? Here are 9 picks for your beach bag.," 20 June 2019 The real drama came when his spymaster was revealed. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "On His Manager’s Secret Service: Espionage Comes to English Soccer," 15 Jan. 2019 North Korea is sending its former spymaster to America in hopes of jump-starting the potential summit with President Trump, according to a report Tuesday. Fox News, "North Korea sends former top spy to US in bid to revive summit," 29 May 2018 China’s Foreign Ministry would not confirm the former spymaster’s presence in Beijing, even though video footage showed him at the airport after his arrival from Pyongyang. New York Times, "Top Aide to Kim Jong-un Is Bound for U.S., Trump Says," 29 May 2018 Some spymasters in Washington viewed Moscow as a lost cause. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Offbeat Genius of a Great American Spy," 26 Jan. 2019 Unlike some of his comrades, who had escaped to the West with the help from foreign spymasters, Skripal was sent abroad on orders of the Kremlin. Simon Shuster, Time, "The Poisoning of Ex-Spy Sergei Skripal Suggests Russia's Rules Have Changed," 8 Mar. 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Spymaster.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spymaster. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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