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
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.
Recent Examples of traitor from the Web
Months earlier, as governor of Virginia, Jefferson had abandoned the capital of Richmond, fleeing a 27-ship British armada carrying 1,600 troops up the James River, led by the traitor Benedict Arnold.
Just because Snowden is not a traitor in Putin's eyes doesn't mean the Russian leader agrees with Snowden's actions.
Things are not looking good for Jared Kushner, husband of Ivanka Trump, son-in-law/top advisor to president Donald Trump, and now rumored traitor to the United States.
Jim ran into a reporter who seemed to pull words from the heavens and mix them with poison until the potion painted Jim McMahon (as a) traitor, egotist, anti-religionist and, worst of all, anti-BYU.
The Sleuth, an aging hero with a sharp mind and martial arts training, enlists her aide to determine if The Paragons might have a traitor in their midst.
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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
First Known Use: 13th century
TRAITOR Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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