sabotage
[ sab-uh-tahzh ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
early 20th century; French from 1903 as a French word in English, "malicious damaging or destruction of an employer's property by workmen," from French sabotage, from saboter "to sabotage, bungle," literally "walk noisily," from sabot "wooden shoe"
Synonyms
  • destruction disruption subversion treachery treason
Antonyms
  • devotion faithfulness fidelity loyalty
Definition
any underhand interference with production, work, etc., in a plant, factory, etc., as by enemy agents during wartime or by employees during a trade dispute
Example
A) After finding the door locked, she knew in an instant that her sister was trying to sabotage her romantic prospects. B) He made a blatant attempt at sabotage to win the talent show.
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