high treason

noun

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Examples of high treason in a Sentence

The conspirators were hanged for high treason.

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Oxford was accused of high treason for his crime and was ultimately found not guilty for reasons of insanity, according to the History channel's website. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "15 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About Queen Victoria," 8 Jan. 2019 Constantinos Barbaroussis was charged with committing preparatory acts for high treason over his exhortations last week for the armed forces to arrest Greece's leadership. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 18, 2018," 18 June 2018 Is the impeachment process something that should be reserved for the gravest kinds of offenses, high treason and the like? Fox News, "Ken Starr: Impeachment is hell," 11 Sep. 2018 In 1535, Sir Thomas More went on trial in England, charged with high treason for rejecting the Oath of Supremacy. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 30 June 2018 The Declaration constituted high treason against the Crown. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Remembering the Woman Who 'Signed' the Declaration of Independence," 4 July 2018 In 1535, Sir Thomas More was executed in England for high treason. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 6 July 2018 Last week, the national federation of Macedonian cultural associations sued Greece’s foreign minister, Nikos Kotzias, on a charge of high treason over his handling of the name talks with Skopje. Niki Kitsantonis, New York Times, "Deal for Macedonia Name? High Treason, Some Greeks Say," 5 June 2018 Oxford was accused of high treason for his crime and was ultimately found not guilty for reasons of insanity, according to History. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "16 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About Queen Victoria," 4 Jan. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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