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Sabotage is an action aimed at weakening an enemy, usually by destroying or damaging a productive or vital facility, such as a factory, a dam or supplies storage.

The name derives from the early industrial age, when powered looms could be damaged by the wooden shoes (known in French as sabots) of the displaced weavers (proto-saboteurs) being thrown into the machinery.

Unlike acts of terrorism, acts of sabotage do not have a primary objective of causing casualties.

One of the tasks of security guards is the prevention and detection of sabotage.

Sabotage is also the name of an early Black Sabbath album, see Sabotage (album)[?].

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