treasonous

adjective
trea·​son·​ous | \ ˈtrēz-nəs How to pronounce treasonous (audio) , ˈtrē-zə-nəs \

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Recent Examples on the Web Republicans fought back, charging Democrats with being treasonous. Calvin Schermerhorn, The Conversation, "1864 elections went on during the Civil War – even though Lincoln thought it would be a disaster for himself and the Republican Party," 6 Aug. 2020 But that lets fans who cling to their treasonous flag off way too easy. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Soon we'll see what's more important to NASCAR fans: The racing or racism," 10 June 2020 Not only should general Flynn’s charges be dropped immediately but the treasonous actors who set him up should be in jail!!! Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "'Should never be allowed to happen': Trump shows support for Flynn after FBI notes unsealed," 30 Apr. 2020 Even a crime as blatantly treasonous as killing the president, noted David Cole, the national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, might make a citizen subject to the death penalty, but not loss of citizenship. Saul Elbein, The New Republic, "Hoda Muthana left the U.S. to join ISIS. Now she wants to return home to stand trial, but the Trump administration won’t let her. She is a test case for the future of birthright citizenship.," 23 Mar. 2020 Since church and state were synonymous at the time, this was potentially treasonous. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "By Speaking Out, the Whistleblower Joins the Long Line of Dissenters That Have Defined America," 12 Dec. 2019 The entrance of the U.S. into World War I and the specter of the Russian Revolution provide company owners the opportunity to quash union activity as treasonous under the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Deep River’ Review: In the Heart of the Forest Primeval," 28 June 2019 Curreri attributes some of his physical problems — his faltering voice, his treasonous hands — to anxiety, stress, or some other internal imbalance. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, "“I miss my body when it was ferocious” The Transfiguration of Paul Curreri," 14 Mar. 2020 When a prison is a country, the smallest children can be unwitting informers and the most prosaic acts can be treasonous. Kyle Smith, National Review, "In Balloon, a Great Escape from Socialism," 26 Feb. 2020

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1593, in the meaning defined above

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12 Aug 2020

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“Treasonous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treasonous. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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