traitor

noun
trai·​tor | \ ˈtrā-tər How to pronounce traitor (audio) \

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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Also, one or more of your friends are traitors, determined to kill the rest and leave your corpses in the snow. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Bungie divorces Activision, Epic gives our favorite game of 2017 away for free," 11 Jan. 2019 In Turkey, though, Topkaya was called a traitor by his own brother, who applied to change his family name, according to Turkish media. Fox News, "Purged NATO officer speaks out after escaping jail in Turkey," 30 Aug. 2018 Since May, the Saudi government has arrested at least a dozen women’s rights advocates, accusing them of nefarious contacts with foreign parties and branding them traitors in the press. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, "Meet the Saudi women who advocated for the right to drive — and are paying dearly for it," 23 June 2018 But Moore, who was critical of Trump throughout his campaign, is a figure derided by many Baptists, who see him as a traitor to the conservative cause. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "Why many white evangelicals are not protesting family separations on the U.S. border," 18 June 2018 Facing a primary vote Tuesday, Sanford is receiving headwind from Republican voters who see him as a traitor to the president. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Mark Sanford learns the price of criticizing Trump.," 12 June 2018 In the Bible, Jezebel is usually depicted as a blasphemous traitor to her kingdom, who was eventually thrown out a window, trampled by horses and eaten by dogs. Avi Selk, miamiherald, "This 3,000-year-old glass head has deepened one of Bible's most tantalizing mysteries," 10 June 2018 Lincoln hoped ultimately to reconcile Southerners to the Union and thus made a critical decision to treat Confederates as legitimate belligerents rather than traitors. Drew Gilpin Faust, WSJ, "‘The War for the Common Soldier’ and ‘The Calculus of Violence’ Review: Billy Yank and Johnny Reb," 7 Dec. 2018 Those who joined willingly are largely considered traitors. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 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 How to pronounce traitor (audio) \

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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