Ju·​das | \ ˈjü-dəs How to pronounce Judas (audio) \

Definition of Judas

1a : the apostle who in the Gospel accounts betrayed Jesus
b : a son of James and one of the twelve apostles
2 : traitor especially : one who betrays under the guise of friendship
3 not capitalized : peephole

called also judas hole, judas window

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Examples of Judas in a Sentence

He was called a Judas by the press. she heatedly called her best friend a Judas after she found out her secrets had been spread all over town

First Known Use of Judas

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Judas

Late Latin, from Greek Ioudas, from Hebrew Yĕhūdhāh

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The first known use of Judas was before the 12th century

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“Judas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Judas. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of Judas

: someone who betrays someone else

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