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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Eavesdropped'

Eavesdropped Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    eavesdrop v : listen without the speaker's knowledge; "the jealous man was eavesdropping on his wife's conversations" [syn: listen in}] [also: eavesdropping, eavesdropped]
Eavesdropped Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    eavesdropped See eavesdrop
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Eavesdropped'

Eavesdropping is the act of secretly listening to the private conversation of others without their consent, as defined by Black's Law Dictionary.

Ancient Anglo-Saxon law punished eavesdroppers, who skulked in the eavesdrop of another's home, with a fine; the easesdropper was also sometimes called the easesdrop. Easesdrop also means a small low visibility hole near the entrance to a building (generally under the eaves) which would allow the occupants to listen in on the conversation of people awaiting admission to the house. Typically this would allow the occupant to be prepared for unfriendly visitors.

Early telephone systems shared party lines which would allow the sharing subscribers to listen to each others conversations. This was a common practice in rural America which resulted in many incidents and feuds.

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Eavesdropped Sample Sentences in News

  • Germany Eavesdropped On Kerry, Clinton, Magazine Says
    Der Spiegel reports that the current and former U.S. secretary of state were the inadvertent targets of German surveillance. Read more on this news related to 'Eavesdropped'
  • Turkey summons German envoy over reports spy agency eavesdropped on Turkish, US officials
    Turkey's Foreign Ministry says the German ambassador has been summoned for talks over reports that Germany's foreign intelligence agency had eavesdropped on conversations between officials in the U.S. and Turkey, both NATO allies. Read more on this news related to 'Eavesdropped'
  • Germany 'eavesdropped' on Kerry and Clinton
    German magazine says intelligence agency tapped phone conversations of current and former US secretary of states. Read more on this news related to 'Eavesdropped'

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