What does treason mean?

Definitions for treason
ˈtri zəntrea·son

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. treason, high treason, lese majesty(noun)

    a crime that undermines the offender's government

  2. treason, subversiveness, traitorousness(noun)

    disloyalty by virtue of subversive behavior

  3. treachery, betrayal, treason, perfidy(noun)

    an act of deliberate betrayal

Wiktionary

  1. treason(Noun)

    The crime of betraying one's government.

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

  2. treason(Noun)

    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. Treason(noun)

    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. Treason(noun)

    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.

Anagrams for treason »

  1. senator

  2. atoners

  3. rotanes

  4. nor'-east

  5. Nor-east

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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. Todd Nettleton:

    So Christianity isnt just a foreign religion or a different philosophical lens through which to look at the world, its treason ! If Jesus Christ is Jesus Christ, then by definition, Kim Jong Un isnt. That idea is so dangerous to the regime that it simply can not be allowed to spread inside North Korea.

  3. Rahul Kaushik:

    This is our motherland and if someone is abusing people who are protecting our motherland, actually fighting on the ground, I don't believe they should be allowed to work here or allowed to live here, this is a clear case of treason, in our view.

  4. 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.

  5. Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel:

    Those who accuse democratically elected politicians of treason, call them 'parties of the system' and menace journalists as 'lying press' - they are very close to the language of the enemies of democracy, the Nazis of the '20s and '30s.

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