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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sab-uh-tur]
    • /ˌsæb əˈtɜr/
    • /ˌsæb.əˈtɜːr/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sab-uh-tur]
    • /ˌsæb əˈtɜr/

Definitions of saboteur word

  • noun saboteur a person who commits or practices sabotage. 1
  • noun saboteur sb who undermines sth 1
  • countable noun saboteur A saboteur is a person who deliberately damages or destroys things such as machines, railway lines, and bridges in order to weaken an enemy or to make a protest. In Britain, people who try to stop blood sports such as fox hunting are also referred to as saboteurs. 0
  • noun saboteur a person who commits sabotage 0
  • noun saboteur one who engages in sabotage 0

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Origin of saboteur

First appearance:

before 1920
One of the 12% newest English words
1920-25; < French, equivalent to sabot(er) to botch (see sabotage) + -eur -eur

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Parts of speech for Saboteur


saboteur popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 69% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for saboteur

noun saboteur

  • asperser — to attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations; slander.
  • backbiter — to attack the character or reputation of (a person who is not present).
  • calumniator — to make false and malicious statements about; slander.
  • defiler — to make foul, dirty, or unclean; pollute; taint; debase.
  • disputant — a person who disputes; debater.

Antonyms for saboteur

noun saboteur

  • adc — aide-de-camp
  • aide-de-camp — An aide-de-camp is an officer in the armed forces who helps an officer of higher rank.

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