Simple Definition of treason
: the crime of trying to overthrow your country's government or of helping your country's enemies during war
Full Definition of treason
1 : the betrayal of a trust : treachery
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
He is guilty of treason.
<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
TREASON Defined for Kids
Definition of treason
: the crime of trying or helping to overthrow the government of the criminal's own country or cause its defeat in war
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