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espionage

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The systematic use of spies to get military or political secrets

Word definitions for espionage in dictionaries

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
noun COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES industrial espionage COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS ■ ADJECTIVE industrial ▪ Whitehall denies that Echelon is involved in industrial espionage , but admits that its aims include countering industrial espionage by others. ▪...

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Espionage \Es"pi*o*nage\ (?; 277), n. [F. espionnage, fr. espionner to spy, fr. espion spy, OF. espie. See Espy .] The practice or employment of spies; the practice of watching the words and conduct of others, to make discoveries, as spies or secret emissaries;...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. The act or process of learning secret information through clandestine means.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1793, from French espionnage "spying," from Middle French espionner "to spy," from espion "a spy" (16c.), probably via Old Italian spione from a Germanic source akin to Old High German spehon "spy" (see spy (v.)). For initial e- see e- . Middle English...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. the systematic use of spies to get military or political secrets

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Espionage (colloquially, spying ) is the obtaining of information considered secret or confidential without the permission of the holder of the information. Espionage can be committed by an individual or a spy ring (a cooperating group of spies), in the...

Usage examples of espionage.

It was agreed that Willis should be under the espionage of Arabin for the night, and that he should take him home if practicable on the following morning.

Garson knew he was no match for Iota in the devious field of espionage.

The problem is that the Khelat are instinctive warriors, not particularly respecting the professions of espionage and such.

Admitting to Ronyon that she knew about Kosta might get him to talk more freely, but it would also damn her as an accessory to espionage if he ever repeated that to Forsythe.

East German espionage compared to some of the spacey shenanigans Seven has dragged me into over the last few years?

Spies received such unmarked items, even if the agents themselves usually did not turn up in them as the voyeuristic objects of their own espionage.

But the situation for Waldhorn was this, that if he resigned and left the place he would only come the more closely under immediate espionage.

Moreover, she so organized her system of espionage as to make the old accountant tell her unwittingly all that he knew of the private life led by Denis, his wife Marthe, and their children, Lucien, Paul, and Hortense all, indeed, that was done and said in the modest little pavilion where the young people, in spite of their increasing fortune, were still residing, evincing no ambitious haste to occupy the large house on the quay.

Already, Lo Prek said, there were instances of sabotage, espionage, and generally antiwar sentiments abroad.

Safe house, Ethan decided, must be a generic espionage term for any hideout, for Cee took him not to a home but to a cheap hostel reserved for transients with Stationer work permits.

These agents dealt strictly with Egyptian diplomats who might be engaged in espionage under UN diplomatic cover.

American KH-11 Keyhole or Aquacade in orbit-that would be a huge accomplishment in espionage, a much bigger deal than Falcon, or Snowman, or Jonathan Pollard.

John, people shook their heads sagely and declared that they had known all along that Bedaux was engaged in espionage.

So, metal detector, inspection by the bored security team with their huge coffee cups, computer turned on, hardware and software check by experts, sniff-over by Clyde the morning dog, trained to detect signature molecules: all standard in biotech now, after some famous incidents of industrial espionage.

Leamas, comes into conflict with the environment of others, Communist espionage agents, when he accepts a mission to act as a counterspy for Control by pretending to defect to the East.