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

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 The traitorous invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 led to five deaths, including that of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died of natural causes the day after clashing with the crowd. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 Horowitz will surely protest loudly that the leftist Democrats and traitorous Republicans are canceling his speech. Ronald Radosh, The New Republic, 5 May 2021 Today, Ellsberg lends his name to progressive causes and nurtures other whistle-blowers in an effort to promote the exposure of government secrets as patriotic, not traitorous. Ben Bradlee, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2021 Depicting his characters not as martyrs or folk curiosities but as ordinary Americans was regarded as traitorous by some of his elders. Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 Somewhere distant from her traitorous body, a covert part of her mind slipped away to calculate her advantage. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 25 Jan. 2021 What does that mean for Stanfield, the film’s actual lead, who plays a traitorous F.B.I. informant infiltrating Hampton’s inner circle? New York Times, 13 Jan. 2021 For Le Carré, Philby’s traitorous life could have been his own. Scott Martelle, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2020 But in June 1943, he was arrested by the Gestapo at a meeting with other underground leaders, having been betrayed most likely by a traitorous member of the Resistance. Alan Cowell, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2020

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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 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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