traitorous

adjective trai·tor·ous \ ˈtrā-tə-rəs , ˈtrā-trəs \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of traitorous

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

traitorously

adverb

Examples of traitorous in a Sentence

  1. when our coach took a job at a rival college, a few traitorous players went right along with him

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First Known Use of traitorous

14th century

Synonym Discussion of traitorous

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

TRAITOROUS Defined for Kids

traitorous

adjective trai·tor·ous \ ˈtrā-tə-rəs \

Definition of traitorous for Students

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


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