treachery

noun

treach·​ery ˈtre-chə-rē How to pronounce treachery (audio)
ˈtrech-rē
plural treacheries
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 Picturesque rolling hills, verdant pastures and golden fields of grain provide a deceptively bucolic setting despoiled by greed, treachery and murder. Hugh Hart, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2024 How might a nation protect itself from such treachery? Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 The historian’s vivid and fast-paced narrative presents Arnold in full, detailing his ambition, his bravery, and, finally, his treachery. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Dec. 2023 True creativity requires not blind faith but a little treachery. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 1 May 2023 Killers of the Flower Moon is another instance of fatuous white guilt — a companion piece to the treacheries and condemnations of Spielberg’s West Side Story. Armond White, National Review, 20 Oct. 2023 There’s not a lot of saintliness here but plenty of blood and treachery as Hild navigates the warring kingdoms of 7th century Britain at the dawn of Christianity. Ivy Pochoda, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2023 Her backup dancers followed suit, their campy expressions flitting between joy and treachery, lending the scene a delightfully creepy edge. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 13 Sep. 2023 Advertisement And the reward for Jordan’s treachery is to elevate him to the speakership? Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of treachery was in the 13th century

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“Treachery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treachery. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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treachery

noun
treach·​ery ˈtrech-(ə-)rē How to pronounce treachery (audio)
plural treacheries
1
: violation of allegiance or of faith and confidence : treason
2
: an act of treason

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