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English Dictionary: informer by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
informer
n
  1. one who reveals confidential information in return for money
    Synonym(s): informer, betrayer, rat, squealer, blabber
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.
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