[es-pee-uh-nahzh, -nij, es-pee-uh-nahzh]
the act or practice of spying.
the use of spies by a government to discover the military and political secrets of other nations.
the use of spies by a corporation or the like to acquire the plans, technical knowledge, etc., of a competitor: industrial espionage.

1785–95; < French espionnage, Middle French espionage, equivalent to espionn(er) to spy (derivative of espion spy < Italian spione < Germanic; akin to German spähen to look out) + -age -age

nonespionage, noun Unabridged
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espionage (ˈɛspɪəˌnɑːʒ, ˌɛspɪəˈnɑːʒ, ˈɛspɪənɪdʒ)
1.  the systematic use of spies to obtain secret information, esp by governments to discover military or political secrets
2.  the act or practice of spying
[C18: from French espionnage, from espionner to spy, from espion spy, from Old Italian spione, of Germanic origin; compare German spähen to spy]

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Word Origin & History

1793, from Fr. espionnage, from M.Fr. espionner "to spy," from O.Fr. espion "spy," probably from a Gmc. source akin to O.H.G. spehon "spy."
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Example sentences
In fact, the spies were not even successful enough to have espionage charges
  brought against them.
The game modes would have a sort of espionage theme that would be reflected in
  the type of modes that you play.
It seems to have been quite a departure from your espionage novels.
Over the last 12 months, my professional life has had more action than an
  espionage thriller.
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