American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who traitorously switches allegiance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who “turns his coat”—that is, forsakes his party or principles.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who forsakes his party or his principles; a renegade; an apostate; a defector to the enemy.
- n. a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
- From turn + coat. (Wiktionary)
“The very thing Specter sought to avoid by becoming a turncoat is now coming to pass.”
“Does anyone know why this turncoat is still allowed to live in Washington D.C. He did nothing to help Al Gore 8 years ago and he only here to play get back to the democrats.”
“Hobbesian philosophy seemed to have been on target, since offering Indian indigenous leaders the reward and opportunity to engage in turncoat behavior toward their own people managed indeed to establish collaborative efforts with British colonialists.”
“You will be known as a turncoat who supported York.”
“In Worldwar II, they called turncoat by a different name and the punishment wasn't very nice.”
“The Wales ace has become a firm favourite with Swans supporters since arriving at the Liberty - but it's left him being labelled a turncoat by Cardiff fans.”
“Gotti shocked observers on Thursday by launching into a furious tirade against ex-pal John Alite, calling the turncoat mobster a "fag," a "punk" and a "dog" after Alite, on his way out of the courtroom, turned to Gotti and said: "You got something to say to me?”
“I tried calling turncoat Snowe and it was disconnected.”
“The "turncoat" was an informer named Dickenson, from”
“In his private diary, Mr. Reagan noted that the magazine labeled him a "turncoat" and said conservative activist Richard Viguerie sent him a copy of the magazine along with a letter.”
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