treachery

noun
treach·​ery | \ ˈtre-chə-rē How to pronounce treachery (audio) , ˈtrech-rē \
plural treacheries

Definition of treachery

1 : violation of allegiance or of faith and confidence : treason
2 : an act of perfidy or treason

Examples of treachery in a Sentence

a tale of treachery and revenge was furious that she revealed his secret and never forgave her for the treachery
Recent Examples on the Web Kim is co-opted as a spy for the British Empire before embarking on an adventure of friendship, treachery and self-discovery. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 20 May 2022 Even the meaty Schwalbe Hans Damps tires impressed, yawning at Arizona’s sidewall treachery and rock abuse. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, 14 May 2015 In art, Malinche begins to be shown as Eve to Cortés’ Adam, with all the implications of treachery that this biblical metaphor evokes. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Gun battles, life-endangering treachery, and duffel bags of cash—the pulp grist that had always been on the show’s periphery—were now central. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 14 Apr. 2022 Art hanging on the wall of the front room displays images of Ukrainian patriotism or Russian treachery. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, 14 Apr. 2022 Lai Tek’s successor, the long-serving Chinese Malay communist Chin, uncovered the secretary-general’s treachery and ordered his death shortly after World War II. Richard Collett, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Mar. 2022 The author follows her subjects not only to the world’s flash points but also into their bedrooms and onto their psychoanalysts’ couches, documenting their news-chasing heroism and romantic treachery. Edward Kosner, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 Putin, however, saw it as proof of the West’s treachery. Kim Ghattas, The Atlantic, 6 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of treachery

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for treachery

Middle English trecherie, from Anglo-French, from trecher, tricher to deceive, from Vulgar Latin *triccare — more at trick entry 1

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“Treachery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treachery. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for treachery

treachery

noun
treach·​ery | \ ˈtre-chə-rē How to pronounce treachery (audio) \
plural treacheries

Kids Definition of treachery

1 : the behavior of a person who betrays trust or faith a tale of treachery and revenge
2 : an act or instance of betraying trust or faith She was hurt by her friend's treacheries.

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