posted on May, 9 2013 @ 02:36 AM
Definition of TREASON
: the betrayal of a trust : treachery
: the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally
injure the sovereign or the sovereign's family
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Examples of TREASON
He is guilty of treason.
Origin of TREASON
Middle English tresoun, from Anglo-French traisun, from Latin tradition-, traditio act of handing over, from tradere to hand over, betray — more at
First Known Use: 13th century
Related to TREASON
Synonymsbackstabbing, business, disloyalty, double cross, faithlessness, falseness, falsity, infidelity, perfidy, sellout, treachery, betrayal,
two-timing, unfaithfulnessAntonymsallegiance, devotion, faithfulness, fealty, fidelity, loyalty, staunchness, steadfastness
Related Wordsabandonment, desertion; deceit, deception, double-dealing, duplicity, guile, two-facedness; fraud, informing, lying, snitching,
talebearing, trickeryNear Antonymsdependability, reliability, trustworthiness; defense, protection, safeguard, shield
Rhymes with TREASON
reason, season, seisin
noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Offense of attempting to overthrow the government of one's country or of assisting its enemies in war. In the U.S., the framers of the Constitution
defined treason narrowly—as the levying of war against the U.S. or the giving of aid and comfort to its enemies—in order to lessen the possibility
that those in power might falsely or loosely charge their political opponents with treason. See also sedition.
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