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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: espionnage, from espion 'spy'

espionage

noun
     
es‧pi‧o‧nage [uncountable]
the activity of secretly finding out secret information and giving it to a country's enemies or a company's competitors [= spying; ↪ spy]:
a campaign of industrial espionage against his main rival
counter-espionage

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