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Derail vs Sabotage - What's the difference?

derail | sabotage |

As nouns the difference between derail and sabotage

is that derail is a device placed on railway tracks causing a train to derail while sabotage is .

As a verb derail

is to cause to come off the tracks.



(wikipedia derail)


(en noun)
  • A device placed on railway tracks causing a train to derail.
  • The derail was placed deliberately so that the train would fall into the river.


    (en verb)
  • To cause to come off the tracks.
  • The train was destroyed when it was derailed by the penny.
  • To come off the tracks.
  • To deviate from the previous course or direction.
  • The conversation derailed once James brought up politics.
  • To cause to deviate from a set course or direction.
  • The protesting students derailed the professor's lecture.

    Derived terms

    * derailment


    * * * * * English ergative verbs



  • A deliberate action aimed at weakening an enemy through subversion, obstruction, disruption, and/or destruction.
  • (military) An act or acts with intent to injure, interfere with, or obstruct the national defense of a country by willfully injuring or destroying, or attempting to injure or destroy, any national defense or war materiel, premises, or utilities, to include human and natural resourcesJP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms ..
  • Verb

  • to deliberately destroy or damage something in order to prevent it from being successful
  • The railway line had been sabotaged by enemy commandos
  • * 2014 , , " Southampton hammer eight past hapless Sunderland in barmy encounter", The Guardian , 18 October 2014:
  • Five minutes later, Southampton tried to mount their first attack, but Wickham sabotaged the move by tripping the rampaging Nathaniel Clyne, prompting the referee, Andre Marriner, to issue a yellow card. That was a lone blemish on an otherwise tidy start by Poyet’s team – until, that is, the 12th minute, when Vergini produced a candidate for the most ludicrous own goal in Premier League history.

    See also

    * terrorism