Definition of espionage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈespēəˌnäZH/


The practice of spying or of using spies, typically by governments to obtain political and military information.
Example sentences
  • Balzac pumped him for information on organised crime and political espionage.
  • He denied his detention had anything to do with politics or espionage.
  • The run for the presidency is no joke, rife with political chicanery, espionage and blackmail.
spying, infiltration;
eavesdropping, surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence, undercover work;
black operations
informal black ops


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

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Syllabification: es·pi·o·nage

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