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informer


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Informer  \In*form"er\,  n.  [From  {Inform},  v.] 
  1.  One  who  informs,  animates,  or  inspires.  [Obs.]  --Thomson. 
 
  Nature,  informer  of  the  poet's  art.  --Pope. 
 
  2.  One  who  informs,  or  imparts  knowledge  or  news 
 
  3.  (Law)  One  who  informs  a  magistrate  of  violations  of  law; 
  one  who  informs  against  another  for  violation  of  some  law 
  or  penal  statute. 
 
  {Common  informer}  (Law),  one  who  habitually  gives  information 
  of  the  violation  of  penal  statutes,  with  a  view  to  a 
  prosecution  therefor.  --Bouvier.  Wharton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  informer 
  n  :  one  who  reveals  confidential  information  in  return  for  money 
  [syn:  {betrayer},  {rat},  {squealer}] 




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