American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Violation of allegiance toward one's country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one's country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies.
- n. A betrayal of trust or confidence.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A betraying; treachery; breach of faith.
- n. Specifically—2. Violation by a subject of his allegiance to his sovereign or liege lord, or to the chief authority of the state. In old English law it was against the king or supreme power of the state, and more specifically called
high treason, or
- n. Synonyms See perfidious.
- n. The crime of betraying one’s own country.
- n. Providing aid and comfort to the enemy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. Loosely, the betrayal of any trust or confidence; treachery; perfidy.
- n. a crime that undermines the offender's government
- n. disloyalty by virtue of subversive behavior
- n. an act of deliberate betrayal
- From Middle English tresoun, treison, from Anglo-Norman treson, from Old French traïson ("treason"), from Latin trāditiōnem, accusative of trāditiō ("a giving up, handing over, surrender, delivery, tradition"), from trādō ("give up, hand over, deliver over, betray", v), from trāns (“over, across”) + dō (“give”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman treson, from Latin trāditiō, trāditiōn-, a handing over; see tradition. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Firstly I would using say that the term treason is highly inappropiate and irresponsible.”
“And to call it treason is to rob the word of all meaning.”
“Perry's very loose and dangerous use of the term "treason" is something that brought him criticism from many corners - just not Republican primary voters.”
“We find by experience, that it punishes them very freely for what it calls treason and rebellion, which, it seems, according to this system, reduces itself to common injustice.”
“That deserves its own form of recognition in law, and 'treason' is the offense which best captures it.”
“Technically a country can be treasonous because the primary definition of "treason" is "the betrayal of a trust.”
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“The least loyalty we can have, to avoid being accessory to treason, is to take the side of fellow citizens when foreigners increase the level of aggression, and do it here, inside the borders.”
“Strict, treason is an extremely serious charge, and it should never be made lightly.”
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