trade·​craft | \ ˈtrād-ˌkraft How to pronounce tradecraft (audio) \

Definition of tradecraft

: the techniques and procedures of espionage

Examples of tradecraft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, not all Ukrainian intelligence coups are due to sophisticated tradecraft. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 June 2022 But in a sign the task force may be unwilling in some cases to expose its tradecraft in tracking down assets, the 24-page affidavit presented to a federal judge in support of the seizure was heavily redacted. New York Times, 8 May 2022 When Cozy Bear found these loopholes, no one was especially surprised, given the group’s infinite resources and top-notch tradecraft. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 29 Mar. 2022 After Trump deferred to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the US government's own intelligence agencies, Biden has deployed those agencies' tradecraft in a multi-pronged transatlantic effort to deter Russian aggression. John Harwood, CNN, 20 Feb. 2022 And, the report says, the hackers routinely relied on advanced tradecraft to cover their tracks., 6 Dec. 2021 Meyerriecks discusses how the CIA has historically approached the incorporation of new technologies into its tradecraft and how the agency is adapting to fast-moving changes today. CBS News, 26 Jan. 2022 The semiconductor firms from which Silicon Valley derives its name established the tradecraft for the firms that followed them. New York Times, 28 Nov. 2021 The new policy shift, former officials say, could help combat that challenge by building geographical experts over the long term — and helping field them in the right places with the right tradecraft. Katie Bo Lillis, CNN, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tradecraft

1961, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2022

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“Tradecraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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