from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The crime of betraying one’s own country.
- n. Providing aid and comfort to the enemy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
- n. Synonyms See perfidious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a crime that undermines the offender's government
- n. disloyalty by virtue of subversive behavior
- n. an act of deliberate betrayal
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."
It all depends what your definition of "treason" is ...
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.
Accusing lawyers of treason is a slippery slope, and we saw it play out in India last month when the foremost defense attorney for prisoners accused of treason and terrorism was murdered ...