high treason

noun

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Examples of high treason in a Sentence

The conspirators were hanged for high treason.
Recent Examples on the Web Resistance to this act was considered high treason, and the heads of its opponents, like Thomas More’s, would roll. History Magazine, "Anne Boleyn used flirtation, fertility, and faith to seduce Henry VIII," 29 Dec. 2020 According to Lebanon’s constitution, a separate council made up of judges and politicians is entrusted with trying ministers and presidents for crimes of high treason, dereliction of duties, and breach of the constitution. Fox News, "Charges in Beirut port blast stir controversy in Lebanon," 11 Dec. 2020 The measure would, however, allow both chambers of the Russian parliament to strip presidents of immunity by a two-thirds majority within three months if accused of severe crimes, such as high treason or other felonies. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Russian MPs introduce bill to give Putin lifetime immunity from prosecution," 6 Nov. 2020 Montreal police are investigating the destruction of the statue, which had been previously toppled in 1992, on the anniversary of the 1885 hanging of Louis Riel, an Indigenous leader accused of high treason by Mr. Macdonald. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "A Statue of Canada’s First Prime Minister Is Toppled, but Politicians Want It Restored," 1 Sep. 2020 Helmuth was executed on a charge of high treason on January 23, 1945, leaving behind 33-year-old Freya and their two sons, Caspar and Konrad. Mary Spencer, National Review, "What Real Resistance Looks Like," 29 Feb. 2020 Naive and kind-hearted, Edmond finds himself at the heart of a deep-rooted conspiracy with international ramifications after being accused of high treason. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "The Count Of Monte Cristo," 23 Mar. 2020 Gordon was tried and acquitted of high treason, but he was ultimately imprisoned on other charges, having been convicted of defaming Marie Antoinette while in France. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "The Bodies Buried Beneath Boris Johnson’s New Railway," 16 Feb. 2020 On this date in: Lady Jane Grey, who had claimed the throne of England for nine days, and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were beheaded after being condemned for high treason. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Today in History, February 12, 1809: Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky," 12 Feb. 2020

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2021

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“High treason.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20treason. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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