traitor

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noun trai·tor \ ˈtrā-tər \

Definition of traitor

1 :one who betrays another's trust or is false to an obligation or duty
2 :one who commits treason

Examples of traitor in a Sentence

  1. She has been called a traitor to the liberal party's cause.

  2. He was a traitor who betrayed his country by selling military secrets to the enemy.

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Origin and Etymology of traitor

Middle English traytour, from Anglo-French traitre, from Latin traditor, from tradere to hand over, deliver, betray, from trans-, tra- trans- + dare to give — more at date



TRAITOR Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of traitor for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is not loyal to his or her own country, friends, etc. : a person who betrays a country or group of people by helping or supporting an enemy


TRAITOR Defined for Kids

traitor

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noun trai·tor \ ˈtrā-tər \

Definition of traitor for Students

1 :a person who is not loyal or true to a friend, duty, cause, or belief or is false to a personal duty
2 :a person who betrays his or her country :a person who commits treason


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