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

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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

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when our coach took a job at a rival college, a few traitorous players went right along with him
Recent Examples on the Web If Russia wants to spread disinformation, the president continually softens an audience for it, by instructing the public to disregard authoritative journalism as the prevarications of a traitorous elite and by spouting falsehoods on Twitter. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The 2016 Election Was Just a Dry Run," 11 May 2020 The clear message is that any Democrats hostile to this Republican hero are vicious, misjudged and borderline traitorous. The Economist, "Political cartoons Why the Democratic Party is symbolised by a donkey," 14 Jan. 2020 Perhaps even then Greg was eager to turn traitorous. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Let’s Talk About the Yacht Clothes on “Succession”," 14 Oct. 2019 Others, though, saw it as traitorous amid tensions between the two countries. Washington Post, "She wore the Russian flag. He had Ukraine's. Some people loved the photo and others were aghast.," 4 Dec. 2019 In the mid-’90s, writer Jim Woodwring and penciler Art Wetherell delivered a truly globulous short series of Jabba the Hutt comics, four acid tales of space noir full of blown heads and traitorous cannibalism. Darren Franich,, "Return of the Jedi," 6 Nov. 2019 Thus, those who support Trump, or who oppose the factions Democrats favor in Ukraine, are depicted not just as political adversaries but as traitorous agents of Putin. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Breaking Down the Fallout from Marie Yovanovitch’s Testimony," 16 Nov. 2019 The president’s fans should remember that their main complaint has been that Donald Trump and his campaign were treated as suspects in heinous, traitorous crimes despite the absence of credible incriminating evidence. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The DOJ Will Not Prosecute James Comey over Trump Memos," 3 Aug. 2019 In Germany, despite having fought for the country in World War I, Jews were suddenly treated like a cabal of traitorous outsiders. Rabbi David Wolpe, Time, "Even People Who Like Some of Trump's Policies on Israel Should Condemn His Dangerous 'Disloyalty' Comment," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of traitorous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Traitorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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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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