trai·​tor·​ous | \ ˈtrā-tə-rəs How to pronounce traitorous (audio) , ˈtrā-trəs \

Definition of traitorous

1 : guilty or capable of treason
2 : constituting treason traitorous activities

Other Words from traitorous

traitorously adverb

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faithless, false, disloyal, traitorous, treacherous, perfidious mean untrue to what should command one's fidelity or allegiance. faithless applies to any failure to keep a promise or pledge or any breach of allegiance or loyalty. faithless allies false stresses the fact of failing to be true in any manner ranging from fickleness to cold treachery. betrayed by false friends disloyal implies a lack of complete faithfulness to a friend, cause, leader, or country. disloyal to their country traitorous implies either actual treason or a serious betrayal of trust. traitorous acts punishable by death treacherous implies readiness to betray trust or confidence. a treacherous adviser perfidious adds to faithless the implication of an incapacity for fidelity or reliability. a perfidious double-crosser

Examples of traitorous in a Sentence

when our coach took a job at a rival college, a few traitorous players went right along with him
Recent Examples on the Web That language clashed markedly with hard-line rhetoric emanating from Moscow, where supporters of the war, who do not consider Ukraine to be a legitimate country, denounced Mr. Medinsky’s diplomacy as bordering on traitorous. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 This was a sharp departure from a tradition under which those who reported crimes by fellow Haredim were viewed as traitorous informers. Joseph Berger, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 As the fighting in the east has raged, their sermons are often seen as overly forgiving of Moscow’s ambitions in Ukraine, or even traitorous. Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2022 Announcers—conditioned to steer fans to feel a certain way about characters on the show—gently suggested his selfish or traitorous tendencies to deaf ears. Martin Douglas, SPIN, 21 Jan. 2022 In order to make up for her traitorous past, Rosalind works as a spy for her country. Sam Gillette,, 20 Jan. 2022 However, that turnabout is nothing compared with McCarthy’s head-snapping response to the violent and traitorous events of Jan. 6. Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 The traitorous Confederate flag being carried through the halls of Congress. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 Two more Ts are thus added to Holton’s roster of American grievances: traitorous slaves and treacherous Indians. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of traitorous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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trai·​tor·​ous | \ ˈtrā-tə-rəs How to pronounce traitorous (audio) \

Kids Definition of traitorous

1 : guilty or capable of treason
2 : amounting to treason traitorous acts

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