espionage 1793, from Fr. espionnage "spying," from M.Fr. espionner "to spy," from O.Fr. espion "spy," probably via It. spione from a Germanic source akin to O.H.G. spehon "spy" (see SPY (Cf. spy)).

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  • espionage — es·pi·o·nage / es pē ə ˌnäzh, ˌnäj, nij/ n: the practice of gathering, transmitting, or losing through gross negligence information relating to the defense of the U.S. with the intent that or with reason to believe that the information will be… …   Law dictionary

  • espionage — es‧pi‧o‧nage [ˈespiənɑːʒ] noun [uncountable] when people secretly find out a country s or company s secrets: • He was cleared of mounting a campaign of industrial espionage against his main rival. * * * espionage UK US /ˈespiənɑːʒ/ noun [U] ► the …   Financial and business terms

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • espionage — Espionage, or spying, has reference to the crime of gathering, transmitting or losing information respecting the national defense with intent or reason to believe that the information is to be used to the injury of the United States, or to the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • espionage — ► NOUN ▪ the practice of spying or of using spies. ORIGIN French, from espion a spy …   English terms dictionary

  • espionage — [es′pē ə näzh΄, es′pē ənäj΄] n. [Fr espionnage < espionner, to spy < espion < It spione < spia, spy < Gmc * speha, akin to OHG spehon: see SPY] 1. the act of spying 2. the use of spies by a government to learn the military secrets… …   English World dictionary

  • Espionage — Spy and Secret agent redirect here. For other uses, see Spy (disambiguation) and Secret agent (disambiguation). For other uses, see Espionage (disambiguation). Espionage or spying involves an individual obtaining information that is considered… …   Wikipedia

  • espionage — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ corporate, economic, industrial ▪ The big computer companies are very worried about industrial espionage. ▪ international ▪ American, Britis …   Collocations dictionary

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