Adjective "espionage" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The practice of spying or of using spies, typically by governments to obtain political and military information.
  1. 'Maybe espionage has grown less romantic since the end of the Cold War because the focus has shifted.'
  2. 'Balzac pumped him for information on organised crime and political espionage.'
  3. 'After all, espionage is said to be the world's second oldest profession.'
  4. 'We also know there are people engaged in such things as economic espionage.'
  5. 'If convicted on charges of espionage and aiding the enemy, he could receive the death penalty.'
  6. 'Apparently, three Americans have been arrested for espionage.'
  7. 'After a secret trial, he was sentenced to 18 years for treason and espionage.'
  8. 'Even if espionage had taken place at Los Alamos, they argued, it had not mattered.'
  9. 'The break-in comes amid growing concern about computer espionage and security.'
  10. 'He was not charged with espionage and has repeatedly denied giving information to China.'

More definitions

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.

More examples(as adjective)

"charges can be espionage."

"cases can be espionage."

"activities can be espionage."

"rows can be espionage."

"services can be espionage."

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Late 18th century: from French espionnage, from espionner ‘to spy’, from espion ‘a spy’.