traitor

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

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Examples of traitor in a Sentence

She has been called a traitor to the liberal party's cause. He was a traitor who betrayed his country by selling military secrets to the enemy.

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Those who joined willingly are largely considered traitors. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 The last part, presumably, is why Trump is calling the author a traitor. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Trump is accusing his administration’s anonymous op-ed writer of treason. That’s nonsense.," 5 Sep. 2018 This week’s traitors are Sage, who sabotages Blair’s show by taking off all her clothes, and Dan, who screws over Nate by selling the rest of his story to Vanity Fair. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 The Krees were a hostile nation, and Mar-Vell quickly sided with the humans against them, branded a traitor in his former home. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The trailer for Captain Marvel is finally here, and it’s spectacular," 18 Sep. 2018 As such, he is called a traitor by both right and left. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can Rabbi Rick Jacobs Save Liberal Zionism in the Age of Netanyahu?," 9 Apr. 2018 In what are probably Sen. John McCain’s last months, the former POW and Republican presidential nominee has been denounced as a traitor, a collaborator, an egomaniac, a blowhard, a fake, a liberal and, worst of all, irrelevant. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "Hating McCain: Grant, Ted Kennedy and Nixon got a break at the end. But times change.," 23 May 2018 Others include intelligence that Russia has made nerve agents and studied how to use them for assassinations, and the view of Russian President Vladimir Putin's government that traitors are legitimate targets. Jill Lawless And Danica Kirka, chicagotribune.com, "Chemical watchdog says former Russian spy, daughter poisoned by nerve agent," 12 Apr. 2018 However, why did the authorities resort to naming and shaming, labeling those arrested as traitors? Huda Alsahi, Washington Post, "Saudi women can drive starting Sunday. Why are feminists there still labeled traitors?," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of traitor

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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traitor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of traitor

: 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

noun
trai·​tor | \ˈtrā-tər \

Kids Definition of traitor

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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