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[sab-uh-tur] /ˌsæb əˈtɜr/
a person who commits or practices sabotage.
Origin of saboteur
1920-25; < French, equivalent to sabot(er) to botch (see sabotage) + -eur -eur Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for saboteur
Contemporary Examples
  • Over the course of a convincingly dreary London winter, a love triangle forms, with David in the role of underminer and saboteur.

Historical Examples
  • If Tom failed in his efforts to catch the saboteur, it could very well mean the end of the Polaris unit.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
  • But I thought we could get enough information that way to tell us who our saboteur is.

    Psichopath Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Then it can be guessed what this saboteur will think and do.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
  • "If we had the answers, we could find the saboteur," Gordon pointed out.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • As calmly as they could, the girls reported how the saboteur had dynamited the bridge.

    Saboteurs on the River Mildred A. Wirt
  • “He must be the saboteur,” Louise said, speaking louder than she realized.

    Saboteurs on the River Mildred A. Wirt
  • I wonder what kind of a court martial they give a hero who turns out to be a saboteur.

    Medal of Honor Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • His skipper had to listen to him, had to be sympathetic and help him catch the saboteur.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
  • The presence of a saboteur on the Aztec represented a bungle in his department.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
British Dictionary definitions for saboteur


a person who commits sabotage
Word Origin
C20: from French; see sabotage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for saboteur

1912 (from 1909 as a French word in English), a borrowing of the French agent noun from sabotage (see sabotage (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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