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treason

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noun trea·son \ˈtrē-zən\

Simple Definition of treason

  • : the crime of trying to overthrow your country's government or of helping your country's enemies during war

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of treason

  1. 1 :  the betrayal of a trust :  treachery

  2. 2 :  the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign's family

Examples of treason in a sentence

  1. He is guilty of treason.

  2. <reading a friend's diary without permission would have to be regarded as the ultimate act of personal treason>



Origin of treason

Middle English tresoun, from Anglo-French traisun, from Latin tradition-, traditio act of handing over, from tradere to hand over, betray — more at traitor


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with treason


TREASON Defined for Kids

treason

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noun trea·son \ˈtrē-zən\

Definition of treason for Students

  1. :  the crime of trying or helping to overthrow the government of the criminal's own country or cause its defeat in war




Law Dictionary

treason

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noun trea·son \ˈtrēz-ən\

Legal Definition of treason

  1. :  the offense of attempting to overthrow the government of one's country or of assisting its enemies in war; specifically :  the act of levying war against the United States or adhering to or giving aid and comfort to its enemies by one who owes it allegiance

treasonous \-əs\ play adjective


Origin of treason

Anglo-French treison crime of violence against a person to whom allegiance is owed, literally, betrayal, from Old French traïson, from traïr to betray, from Latin tradere to hand over, surrender



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