What does treason mean?

Definitions for treason
ˈtri zəntrea·son

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. treason, high treason, lese majestynoun

    a crime that undermines the offender's government

  2. treason, subversiveness, traitorousnessnoun

    disloyalty by virtue of subversive behavior

  3. treachery, betrayal, treason, perfidynoun

    an act of deliberate betrayal

Wiktionary

  1. treasonnoun

    The crime of betraying one's government.

    Etymology: From tresoun, treison, from treson, from traïson, from traditionem, accusative of traditio, from trado, from .

  2. treasonnoun

    Providing aid and comfort to the enemy.

    Etymology: From tresoun, treison, from treson, from traïson, from traditionem, accusative of traditio, from trado, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Treasonnoun

    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

  2. Treasonnoun

    loosely, the betrayal of any trust or confidence; treachery; perfidy

Freebase

  1. Treason

    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

  1. Treason

    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

  1. treason

    Violation of the allegiance owed to one

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. treason

    A general appellation to denote not only offenses against the king and government, but also that accumulation of guilt which arises whenever a superior reposes confidence in a subject or inferior, between whom and himself there subsists a natural, a civil, or even a spiritual relation; and the inferior so abuses that confidence, so forgets the obligations of duty, subjection, and allegiance, as to destroy the life of any such superior or lord. It is, according to English law, a general name, in short, for treachery against the sovereign or liege lord. High treason (the crimen læsæ majestatis of the Romans) is an offense committed against the security of the king or kingdom, whether by imagination, word, or deed. In the United States, treason is confined to the actual levying of war against the United States; or an adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of treason in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of treason in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of treason in a Sentence

  1. Dick Durbin:

    Fourteen years is, you know, violent felonies and treason.

  2. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

    A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.

  3. Ali Abdullah Saleh:

    The fleeing Hadi committed high treason when he summoned Saudi and foreign intervention... He must be tried, must be transferred to the International Criminal Court for the crimes he committed, and this is what we are seeking.

  4. President Tayyip Erdogan:

    We never considered even the possibility that they might be involved in this kind of a treason. They were citizens of our country and we supported them to the fullest as citizens of our country.

  5. Donald Trump acted improperly:

    I think what he did is a long way from treason, bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors. I don't think it's the kind of inappropriate action that the framers would expect the Senate to substitute its judgment for the people in picking a president.

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