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Sabotage in a Sentence

Examples of sabotage in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of sabotage, followed by 33 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(noun) - a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged

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EXAMPLES - Sabotage in a Sentence

  1. OpEdNews - Quicklink: Newt Gingrich urges Iran 'sabotage' (source)
  2. The usage of the word sabotage is unfortunate and misguided. (source)
  3. Editor: 'Bush loyalists' may undermine, then 'sabotage' Obama (source)
  4. Nah, self-sabotage is part and parcel with becoming a Democrat. (source)
  5. If workers consider that sabotage is necessary, that in itself makes sabotage moral. (source)
  6. The Sudanese ambassador in Lebanon condemned a call to boycott Lebanese products as "sabotage". (source)
  7. Note that it would be impossible to distinguish this sabotage from the average COIN presentation. (source)
  8. Newt Gingrich urges Iran 'sabotage' by Abbas Sadeghian, Ph.D. on Friday, Jul 10, 2009 at 8: 54: 48 AM (source)
  9. S. O'BRIEN: Intentional sabotage, that is the verdict after the poisoning of hundreds of police officers in Iraq. (source)
  10. Mr. Anwar said Mr. Abdullah's refusal to recall parliament would amount to "sabotage" of Malaysia's democratic process. (source)
  11. "The word sabotage has been used to described the attitudes and behaviour of some long-serving public servants," she said. (source)
  12. In this video, I refer to the ManifestPositivity. org Glossary term "sabotage," exploring its yin/yang relationship with progress. (source)
  13. The sabotage is a testament to growing local resentment at the way land is being sold off to big foreign investors with deep pockets. (source)
  14. Max: She goes nuts about "sabotage" (sure) and how it's a travesty, then throws Andrew under a bus and is like "Hey, it's a competition" (source)
  15. (C) knowingly engages in sabotage or international terrorism, or activities that are in preparation therefor, for or on behalf of a foreign power. (source)
  16. They say the allegations against him amount to participating in a battle with enemy soldiers, which, in contrast to targeting civilians or sabotage, is not a war crime. (source)
  17. The term enemy combatant has been used for decades to define members of a military who engage in activities such as sabotage and espionage that occur outside normal combat. (source)
  18. Then point and laugh. posted 2 weeks ago by Rowdie (guest) skip it! that crap is called sabotage in normal talking: D posted 2 weeks ago by austi (guest) not much on the rebadge thing. (source)
  19. Then point and laugh. posted 4 months ago by Rowdie (guest) skip it! that crap is called sabotage in normal talking: D posted 4 months ago by austi (guest) not much on the rebadge thing. (source)
  20. The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has proposed that cable theft be classified as sabotage and only approved recycling businesses be allowed to deal in reclaimed copper and other metals derived from cables. (source)
  21. He said that it was possible for staff to "sabotage" equipment and that the movement of staff in and around the furnaces of the ferromanganese smelters could distort results of testing for manganese dust. (source)
  22. The word sabotage is storied to be from the French word for wooden shoe, sabot, to recall how French workers threw their shoes into newfangled machinery to foil the efforts of industrial revolution bosses. (source)
  23. The headline asks if sabotage is happening - with no proof (that I can see) to even hint that such a thing has happened and/or that NASA is investigating actual events as suspected sabotage at this attempt. (source)
  24. Like other top state police officers, including state DGP Bhupinder Singh, ADG CID Raj Kanojia on Sunday hinted that the sabotage was the handiwork of Maoists or their local militia group active in the area. (source)
  25. The CIA's Car Bomb University (the 1980s) "The CIA officers that Yousef worked with closely impressed upon him one rule: never use the terms sabotage or assassination when speaking with visiting congressmen." (source)
  26. The same old cries began again -- carrying on, doing one's bit, seeing it through, fighting to a finish, enemy atrocities (only now they were called sabotage), starving them out, gallant volunteers, the indomitable (source)
  27. Orwell names no names (thus damning all), but a paragraph later suggests some suspects, lashing the New Statesman and Nation and the News Chronicle for colluding in the "intellectual sabotage from the Left" of English morale. (source)
  28. That kind of sabotage would harm the company's efforts to sell its electricity in Texas 'power market for that day, but it wouldn't threaten plant safety, or cause an outage, says control system cyber security expert Joe Weiss. (source)
  29. On a bitterly cold day a few years ago I visited the 9.18 Museum in Shenyang, built on the spot where Japanese soldiers, preparing for a military occupation of Manchuria, blew up part of the South Manchurian Railway line in 1931 -- an act of "sabotage" they blamed on the Chinese. (source)
  30. On Sunday, the New York Times reported that George Bush specifically denied Israeli requests for assistance in bombing Iran's nuclear sites, instead advising the Israelis that covert activities were underway by the U.S. to "sabotage" Iran's efforts in gaining proficiency in nuclear technology. (source)
  31. Given that few native U.S. citizens (and I don't mean American Indian, but Americans who don't also hold Iranian citizenship) roam about Iran, let alone its nuclear sites, at will, one supposes that Iranians working for the U.S. government, either directly or indirectly, were a part of that "sabotage" team. (source)
  32. What is more visibly true on looking into the workings of these coalitions in detail is that they are enabled to maintain prices at a profitable, indeed at a strikingly profitable, level by such a control of the output as would be called sabotage if it were put in practice by interested workmen with a view to maintain wages. (source)
  33. In his essay here, Luers defends his actions: "when faced with the degree our own government has colluded to cover up global warming, dismantle the endangered species act, give industry loopholes around the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, and in general put corporate interests before the interests of its own people, the use of extreme direct action, such as sabotage or arson, against government and corporate institutions or their agents is justified." (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 33 example sentences provided below is 43.0, which suggests that "sabotage" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 15 synonyms for sabotage.

demolition, destruction, disruption, impairment, injury, mischief, overthrow, subversion, subversiveness, treachery, treason, undermining, vandalism, wreckage, wrecking


We have 8 antonyms for sabotage.

aiding, assistance, devotion, faithfulness, fidelity, fix, help, loyalty


Pronunciation: (săbˈə-täzhˌ)

Syllabification: ['tage']


View up to 25 definitions of sabotage from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (noun) Destruction of property or obstruction of normal operations, as by civilians or enemy agents in time of war.
  2. (noun) Treacherous action to defeat or hinder a cause or an endeavor; deliberate subversion.
  3. (verb-transitive) To commit sabotage against.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (noun) A deliberate action aimed at weakening an enemy through subversion, obstruction, disruption, and/or destruction.
  2. (verb) to deliberately destroy or damage something in order to prevent it from being successful

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (noun) Scamped work.
  2. (noun) Malicious waste or destruction of an employer's property or injury to his interests by workmen during labor troubles.
  3. (noun) any surreptitious destruction of property or obstruction of activity by persons not known to be hostile; -- in war, such actions carried out behind enemy lines by agents or local sympathisers of the hostile power.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged
  2. (verb) destroy property or hinder normal operations