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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
industrial espionage
▪ Whitehall denies that Echelon is involved in industrial espionage, but admits that its aims include countering industrial espionage by others.
▪ The Computer Security Institute, which conducted the survey, said the losses were caused by industrial espionage, hacking and fraud.
▪ Whitehall denies that Echelon is involved in industrial espionage, but admits that its aims include countering industrial espionage by others.
▪ The possibility of their involvement can not be ruled out at this stage, but neither can industrial espionage.
▪ Finally, we need a transatlantic understanding on industrial espionage.
▪ The strength of the desire to gain particular techniques is often reflected by the extent to which industrial espionage was resorted to.
▪ Under the second category they considered investigations by private detectives, industrial espionage, technical surveillance devices, and finally computers.
▪ The men, convicted on espionage charges, had been sentenced to 15-year prison terms in 1987.
▪ The banks take precautions to prevent any attempts at industrial espionage while confidential documents are on the premises.
▪ Zakharov, a KGB agent, was charged with espionage.
▪ She knew little about espionage and, until this murder case, cared less.
▪ Terror and danger in the world of intrigue and espionage.
▪ The men, convicted on espionage charges, had been sentenced to 15-year prison terms in 1987.
▪ Three months later, the Soviets convicted him of espionage.
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; secret watching.

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 had espiouress "female spy" (early 15c.).


n. The act or process of learning secret information through clandestine means.


n. the systematic use of spies to get military or political secrets


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 service of a government or a company, or operating independently. The practice is inherently clandestine, as it is by definition unwelcome and in many cases illegal and punishable by law. Espionage is a subset of " intelligence" gathering, which includes espionage as well as information gathering from public sources.

Espionage is often part of an institutional effort by a government or commercial concern. However, the term is generally associated with state spying on potential or actual enemies primarily for military purposes. Spying involving corporations is known as industrial espionage.

One of the most effective ways to gather data and information about the enemy (or potential enemy) is by infiltrating the enemy's ranks. This is the job of the spy (espionage agent). Spies can bring back all sorts of information concerning the size and strength of enemy forces. They can also find dissidents within the enemy's forces and influence them to defect. In times of crisis, spies can also be used to steal technology and to sabotage the enemy in various ways. Counterintelligence operatives can feed false information to enemy spies, protecting important domestic secrets, and preventing attempts at subversion. Nearly every country has very strict laws concerning espionage, and the penalty for being caught is often severe. However, the benefits that can be gained through espionage are generally great enough that most governments and many large corporations make use of it to varying degrees.

Further information on clandestine HUMINT ( human intelligence) information collection techniques is available, including discussions of operational techniques, asset recruiting, and the tradecraft used to collect this information.

Espionage (TV series)

Espionage is a 1963 Associated Television (ATV) series, distributed outside the UK by ITC Entertainment and networked in the United States by NBC.

Espionage (disambiguation)

Espionage (from the French "espionner", to spy and "espionnage", spying) is the act of spying for the purpose of covertly gathering valuable information.

Espionage may also refer to:

  • Espionage (film), an American film
  • Espionage (TV series), a British television show
  • Espionage (production team), a Norwegian music production team
Espionage (album)

Espionage is the fourth and final album released by rap group Steady Mobb'n (spelled as Steady Mobbin on the cover). It was released independently through Big Body Entertainment and was produced by Harm, Ronski and Poe. The album featured guest appearances from fellow Californian rappers B-Legit, Delinquents, Keak da Sneak and Too Short.

Espionage (film)

Espionage is a 1937 American drama film directed by Kurt Neumann and written by Leonard Lee, Ainsworth Morgan and Manuel Seff. The film stars Edmund Lowe, Madge Evans, Paul Lukas, Ketti Gallian, Richard "Skeets" Gallagher, and Frank Reicher. The film was released February 26, 1937, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Espionage (production team)

Espionage is a New York-based Norwegian songwriting and music production team consisting of Espen Lind and Amund Bjørklund. Their breakthrough came in 2006 as co-writers of Beyoncé's worldwide smash " Irreplaceable", which was number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 consecutive weeks and the best selling single in the US in 2007. They are probably best known as the producers and cowriters behind several of Train's major hits after 2009, including " Drive By" and their comeback single " Hey, Soul Sister", which is among the 20 highest selling singles of all time in the US. Espionage has received numerous BMI Awards.

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.