Definitions for double agent

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dou′ble a′gent(n.)

  1. a person who spies on a country while pretending to spy for it; a spy in the service of two rival countries.

    Category: Government

Origin of double agent:

1930–35

Princeton's WordNet

  1. double agent(noun)

    a spy who works for two mutually antagonistic countries

Wiktionary

  1. double agent(Noun)

    A spy who pretends to work for one side, when they are truthfully working for the other/ passing information to the other.

Freebase

  1. Double agent

    A double agent, commonly abbreviated referral of double secret agent, is a counterintelligence term used to designate an employee of a secret service or organization, whose primary aim is to spy on a different target organization, but who in fact is a member of that same target organization themselves. Double agentry may be practiced by spies of the target organization who infiltrate the controlling organization, or may result from the turning of previously loyal agents of the controlling organization by the target; the threat of execution is the most common method of turning a captured agent into a double agent or a double agent into a re-doubled agent. It is unlike a defector, who is not considered an agent as agents are in place to function for an intelligence service and defectors are not, but some consider that defectors in place are agents until they have defected. Double agents are often used to transmit disinformation or to identify other agents as part of counter-espionage operations. They are often very trusted by the controlling organization since the target organization will give them true, but useless or even counterproductive, information to pass along.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. double agent

    Agent in contact with two opposing intelligence services, only one of which is aware of the double contact or quasi-intelligence services.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

double agent

a spy paid by each of two countries hostile to each other.

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