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Synonyms of 'sabotage'

(verb) 
Definition
to destroy or disrupt by sabotage
The main pipeline was sabotaged by rebels.
Synonyms
damage
He damaged the car with a baseball bat.
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undermine
They are accused of trying to undermine the government.
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disable
Tendon damage really disabled her.
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cripple
A total cut-off of supplies would cripple the country's economy.
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subvert
an alleged plot to subvert the state
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incapacitate
A serious fall incapacitated him.
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vandalize
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throw a spanner in the works (British, informal)
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sap the foundations of
(verb) 
Definition
to destroy or disrupt by sabotage
the extremists who are trying to sabotage any chance of peace
Synonyms
disrupt
Anti-war protests disrupted the debate.
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ruin
The original decor was all ruined during renovation.
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wreck
Vandals wrecked the garden.
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spoil
It is important not to let mistakes spoil your life.
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interrupt
`Sorry to interrupt, Colonel.'
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interfere with
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obstruct
Drivers who park illegally obstruct the flow of traffic.
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crool or cruel (Australian, slang)
(noun) 
Definition
the deliberate destruction or damage of equipment, for example by enemy agents or dissatisfied employees
The bombing was a spectacular act of sabotage.
Synonyms
damage
There have been many reports of minor damage to buildings.
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destruction
the extensive destruction caused by the rioters
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wrecking
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vandalism
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deliberate damage
(noun) 
Definition
deliberate obstruction of or damage to a cause or effort
political sabotage of government policy
Synonyms
disruption
delays and disruption to flights from Britain
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ruining
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wrecking
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spoiling
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interference
Users complained of interference and background noise.
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intrusion
I hope you don't mind this intrusion.
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interruption
The sudden interruption stopped her in mid-flow.
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Additional synonyms

in the sense of cripple
Definition
to damage (something)
A total cut-off of supplies would cripple the country's economy.
Synonyms
bring to a standstill,
put paid to,
put out of action
in the sense of destruction
Definition
the act of destroying something or state of being destroyed
the extensive destruction caused by the rioters
Synonyms
crushing,
wrecking,
ruination
in the sense of disable
Definition
to make ineffective, unfit, or incapable
Tendon damage really disabled her.
Synonyms
put out of action,
disempower,
enfeeble,
render hors de combat

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