treason, high treason, lese majesty(noun)
a crime that undermines the offender's government
treason, subversiveness, traitorousness(noun)
disloyalty by virtue of subversive behavior
treachery, betrayal, treason, perfidy(noun)
an act of deliberate betrayal
The crime of betraying oneu2019s government.
Providing aid and comfort to the enemy.
Origin: From tresoun, treison, from treson, from traïson, from traditionem, accusative of traditio, from trado, from .
the offense of attempting to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance, or of betraying the state into the hands of a foreign power; disloyalty; treachery
loosely, the betrayal of any trust or confidence; treachery; perfidy
In law, treason is the crime that covers some of the more extreme acts against one's sovereign or nation. Historically, treason also covered the murder of specific social superiors, such as the murder of a husband by his wife or that of a master by his servant or slave. Treason against the king was known as high treason and treason against a lesser superior was petty treason. A person who commits treason is known in law as a traitor. Oran's Dictionary of the Law defines treason as "...[a]...citizen's actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation]." In many nations, it is also often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aiding or involved by such an endeavor. Outside legal spheres, the word "traitor" may also be used to describe a person who betrays their own political party, nation, family, friends, ethnic group, team, religion, social class, or other group to which they may belong. Often, such accusations are controversial and disputed, as the person may not identify with the group of which they are a member, or may otherwise disagree with the group members making the charge. See, for example, race traitor, often used by White supremacists and of people in inter-racial relationships.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
trē′zn, n. betraying of the government or an attempt to overthrow it: treachery; disloyalty.—adj. Trea′sonable, pertaining to, consisting of, or involving treason.—n. Trea′sonableness.—adv. Trea′sonably.—adj. Trea′sonous.—Treason felony, the crime of desiring to depose the sovereign, intimidate parliament, stir up a foreign invasion, &c.—declared by statute in 1848.—Constructive treason, anything which may be interpreted as equivalent to actual treason by leading naturally to it; High treason, offences against the state; Misprision of treason, knowledge of the principal crime and concealment thereof; Petty treason, the murder of a husband by a wife, a master by a servant, &c. [O. Fr. traïson (Fr. trahison)—trahir—L. tradĕre, to betray.]
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
Violation of the allegiance owed to one
The numerical value of treason in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of treason in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The last temptation is the greatest treason to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
For Tom Cotton, a decorated military officer, to accuse him of treason is way over the top.
Oh, treacherous night thou lendest thy ready veil to every treason, and teeming mischief's beneath thy shade.
What people forget is this is money, money they are taking from my children, i thought they could be helpful. Instead, my trust turned into their treason.
It worries me about the climate and the tone that set if members — airmen, airwomen — are told that they would be committing treason for communicating with us.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- измяна, предателствоBulgarian
- traïcióCatalan, Valencian
- zrada, velezrada, vlastizradaCzech
- εθνική προδοσία, προδοσίαGreek
- traición, colaboracionistaSpanish
- valtiopetos, maanpetos, petos, pettäminenFinnish
- árulás, hitszegésHungarian
- svik, föðurlandssvik, landráðIcelandic
- 裏切り, 反逆Japanese
- 배신, 背信, 배반Korean
- hoogverraad, landverraad, verraadDutch
- landssvikNorwegian Nynorsk
- zdrada, kolaboracjaPolish
- измена, государственная измена, предательствоRussian
- izdaja, издајство, издаја, izdajstvoSerbo-Croatian
- izdajstvo, izdajaSlovene
- sự, phản bội, 反背Vietnamese
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