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espionage

[es-pee-uh-nahzh, -nij, es-pee-uh-nahzh] /ˈɛs pi əˌnɑʒ, -nɪdʒ, ˌɛs pi əˈnɑʒ/
noun
1.
the act or practice of spying.
2.
the use of spies by a government to discover the military and political secrets of other nations.
3.
the use of spies by a corporation or the like to acquire the plans, technical knowledge, etc., of a competitor:
industrial espionage.
Origin
1785-1795
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
Related forms
nonespionage, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nonespionage

espionage

/ˈɛspɪəˌnɑːʒ; ˌɛspɪəˈnɑːʒ; ˈɛspɪənɪdʒ/
noun
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
Word Origin
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 and History for nonespionage

espionage

n.

1793, from French espionnage "spying," from Middle French espionner "to spy," from Old French espion "spy," probably via Italian spione from a Germanic source akin to Old High German spehon "spy" (see spy).

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