intelligencer

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intelligence +‎ -er

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intelligencer ‎(plural intelligencers)

  1. (dated) A bringer of intelligence (news, information); a spy or informant.
    • 1922, Geoffrey Montagu Cookson (transl.), The Suppliant Maidens, page 8 in Four Plays of Aeschylus.
      'Tis likely that the Princes of this land
      Have heard of us from messengers and come
      To be their own intelligencers.

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