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  1. tradecraftnoun

    skill acquired through experience in a trade; often used to discuss skill in espionage

    "instructional designers are trained in something that might be called tradecraft"; "the CIA chief of station accepted responsibility for his agents' failures of tradecraft"


  1. tradecraftnoun

    the skills acquired through experience of a trade

  2. tradecraftnoun

    the methods used in espionage and clandestine operations


  1. Tradecraft

    Tradecraft is skill acquired through experience in a trade. Within the intelligence community this means the techniques used in modern espionage and generally, the activity of intelligence. This includes general topics or techniques, or the specific techniques of a nation or organization. The term tradecraft in this sense is frequently used in the books of John le Carré and Tom Clancy, where characters frequently comment on others' tradecraft. The term was also used in the popular Oscar nominated drama film Zero Dark Thirty, in which Osama Bin Laden's hiding was described as "some real tradecraft".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tradecraft in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tradecraft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of tradecraft in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Waldhauser:

    They certainly have not given them a lot of financial assistance. So the point being is that perhaps improvement in tradecraft, in training and the like.

  2. George Papadopoulos:

    According to public documents today... there was a lot of tradecraft, spycraft going on around my life during that time, so, I certainly wouldn't disabuse the notion that he might have been dangling something to see if I would bite or if the campaign would bite.

  3. Paul Burton:

    Japan is very keen to secure a significant piece of overseas business following the relaxation of its export legislation, and this Australian submarine deal was widely regarded as becoming a landmark trade, the tradecraft required to convince a sophisticated domestic buyer that Japan's was superior to that offered by France was lacking.

  4. Richard Burr:

    Senate Intelligence has spent the last 16 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft and analytic work underpinning the Intelligence Community Assessment and sees no reason to dispute the conclusions.

  5. Peter Mattis:

    In terms of coming after and trying to get sources in the US intelligence community, [ the Chinese ] have become more aggressive and they've got better tradecraft and they're putting more money into it.

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