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

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As the protests in Hong Kong have raged over the past nine weeks, China’s propaganda machine has been in turbo drive, portraying those taking part as traitorous rioters trying to destabilize the country and challenge national sovereignty. Echo Huang, Quartz, "After a Chinese flag was thrown into the sea, Hong Kong celebrities flex their patriotic muscles," 7 Aug. 2019 The special counsel’s staff wrote a 448-page tome, overflowing with details about a traitorous collusion plot that never happened and the obstruction of an investigation that was never actually impeded in the slightest. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "How Mueller’s Lawyers Spun the OLC Guidance on Indicting a Sitting President," 28 July 2019 If this person -- INGRAHAM: But could be a traitorous. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway reacts to anonymous 'resistance' NYT op-ed," 5 Sep. 2018 Who is the traitorous insider within the White House who is using information from the hackers obtained via WhatsApp for her own political ends? Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The President Is Missing… a few finer points on how the cyber works in this novel," 17 June 2018 The beleaguered middle manager sits in the park’s control room, hopelessly working to undo the total system hack executed by his traitorous subordinate Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight), before dying off-screen when trying to turn the power back on. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Ballad of Ray Arnold," 11 June 2018 On March 14, 2017, Conservative Review, a Web site that opposed the Iran deal, published an article portraying Nowrouzzadeh as a traitorous stooge. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "Trump vs. the “Deep State”," 14 May 2018 But a series of online posts by Bannon allies targeted staff members who were perceived as traitorous, exposing personal details about them. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "McMaster and Commander," 23 Apr. 2018 In each instance, the same sleight of hand is at work: The distortion of the Mueller counterintelligence investigation of Russian election-meddling into a hunt for proof of a traitorous Trump conspiracy with the Kremlin. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "‘Delegitimizing’ Mueller? Don’t Blame the Nunes Memo," 7 Feb. 2018

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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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