Definition of treason
1 : the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign's family
2 : the betrayal of a trust : treachery
Examples of treason in a Sentence
He is guilty of treason.
reading a friend's diary without permission would have to be regarded as the ultimate act of personal treason
Recent Examples of treason from the Web
This puts Howard County government (and by inference, all the rest of us) in the position of endorsing treason, slavery and white supremacy.
But there is a long way to go before any responsible person starts making incendiary claims about treason.
Richard Painter, who served as White House ethics chief under George W Bush, wrote that such behavior could amount to treason.
Some politicians, lawyers, and pundits are characterizing the emails as legal proof of perjury, the felonious solicitation of a campaign contribution from a foreign national, or even treason.
As the only crime defined in the Constitution, treason is a serious offense.
Kaine wasn’t the only Democrat in Congress to raise the possibility of treason on Tuesday.
The Declaration constituted high treason against the Crown.
Signing your name to something like this was considered treason.
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TREASON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of treason for English Language Learners
: the crime of trying to overthrow your country's government or of helping your country's enemies during war
TREASON Defined for Kids
Definition of treason for Students
: the crime of trying or helping to overthrow the government of the criminal's own country or cause its defeat in war
Legal Definition of treason
: the offense of attempting to overthrow the government of one's country or of assisting its enemies in war; specifically : the act of levying war against the United States or adhering to or giving aid and comfort to its enemies by one who owes it allegiance
treasonous\-əs\ play adjective
Origin and Etymology of treason
Anglo-French treison crime of violence against a person to whom allegiance is owed, literally, betrayal, from Old French traïson, from traïr to betray, from Latin tradere to hand over, surrender
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