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informer

(One providing criminal information), noun accuser, auctor, complainant, criminal information supplier, impeacher, indicter, informant, information supplier, one who supplies criminal information to the police, police tipper, squealer, tipster, witness against
Associated concepts: corroboration, reliable informer

informer

(A person who provides information), noun adviser, an noun cer, annunciator, communicant, courier, crier, delator, divulger, envoy, harbinger, intelligencer, messenger, notifier, proclaimer, relater, reporter, source, spokesman, teller, tipper, tipster, warner
See also: accuser, bystander, deponent, eyewitness, harbinger, indicator, informant, spy, witness

INFORMER. A person who informs or prefers an accusation against another, whom he suspects of the violation of some penal statute.
     2. When the informer is entitled to the penalty or part of the penalty, upon the conviction of an offender, he is or is not a competent witness, accordingly as the statute creating the penalty has or has not made him so. 1 Phil. Ev. 97; Rosc. Cr. Ev. 107; 5 Mass. R. 57; 1 Dall. 68; 1 Saund. 262, c. Vide articles Prosecutor; Rewards.

References in classic literature ?
CRITO: Fear not--there are persons who are willing to get you out of prison at no great cost; and as for the informers they are far from being exorbitant in their demands--a little money will satisfy them.
This Blessington or Sutton, who was the worst of the gang, turned informer.
He had risen very rapidly, but from very dirty beginnings; being first a "nark" or informer, and then a money-lender: but as solicitor to the Eyres he had the sense, as I say, to keep technically straight until he was ready to deal the final blow.
My informer said that they lay now in one of the many buried dungeons of the palace where they had been placed pending a decision as to their fate by the tyrant of the north.
He continued to look at Fred with the same twinkle and with one of his habitual grimaces, alternately screwing and widening his mouth; and when he spoke, it was in a low tone, which might be taken for that of an informer ready to be bought off, rather than for the tone of an offended senior.
Screw carries on the profitable trade of informer, in London.
If poor Miss Emily saw the old lady exhibited in the character of an informer," he thought, "what a blow would be struck at her innocent respect for the memory of her aunt
My informer seemed to remember with the greatest horror the quivering of these chuzos as they approached near.
And now cheat and play the informer if you can; I ask no quarter at your hands.
Overheard, we must believe, by some guest, perhaps a friend, who hastened to play the informer, I suppose.
He held the respectable office of general spy and informer in the establishment, for which volunteer service he received a present at Christmas, over and above his weekly wage.
After some consideration, he went into business as an Informer, in which calling he realises a genteel subsistence.