high treason

noun

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The conspirators were hanged for high treason.

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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 Before Odinga’s ceremony, Kenya’s attorney general had called any attempt to swear a person in as an unofficial president a crime of high treason, punishable by death. Anjli Parrin, Washington Post, "Kenya's government just let the opposition candidate swear himself in as a 'parallel' president," 31 Jan. 2018 The court refused extradition on Spain’s most severe charge by finding that Puigdemont’s alleged rebellion couldn’t be prosecuted successfully in Germany as high treason -- the rough equivalent. Macarena Munoz Montijano, Bloomberg.com, "Rajoy's Catalan Plan Hit as Germany Rejects Rebellion Charge," 5 Apr. 2018 In a statement, prosecutors said the crime of rebellion was comparable to that of high treason in Germany’s penal code. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Prosecutors in Germany Call For Extradition of Former Catalonian Separatist Leader," 3 Apr. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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