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

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But her time with the dowager queen was brief: Katherine died in childbirth in September 1548, and her husband, clouded by accusations of impropriety and treasonous intentions, was executed less than a year later. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Is This the Childhood Home of Lady Jane Grey, England’s Nine-Day Queen?," 3 July 2019 Much of the Republican base, trapped within the bubble of Trump’s tweets and Fox News, regards Gardner’s truths about Russia as a treasonous hoax, and believes that the Mueller report exonerates the president. David Goldfischer, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Gardner has put pressure on Russia; now he must hold the president accountable," 21 June 2019 From collusion -- from treasonous collusion to some obstruction of justice charge. Fox News, "Will Giuliani's press tour help or hurt the president?," 31 July 2018 The idea that the op-ed might be treasonous is, as Vox’s Dylan Matthews explains, nonsensical. Aja Romano, Vox, "That New York Times op-ed may not have given us hope — but it did give us memes," 6 Sep. 2018 According to the Washington Post, some lawmakers saw her protests as treasonous, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars called for Fonda to be tried as a traitor. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Megyn Kelly Called Out Jane Fonda's 'Hanoi Jane' Past. There's a Complicated Story Behind the Nickname," 24 Jan. 2018 Richard Painter has spent much of the past 13 months calling Donald Trump a treasonous, racist pervert on cable news and Twitter. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Richard Painter Mulls Trying to Throw Senate Race to Pro-Trump Republican," 7 Mar. 2018 The current President of The United States wants immigrants who will preserve monuments to treasonous Confederate rebels who sought to preserve slave states and create more of them. Jeff Darcy,, "False missile alert human errors: Darcy cartoon," 17 Jan. 2018 The British considered signing the Declaration of Independence to be treasonous. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Remembering the Woman Who 'Signed' the Declaration of Independence," 4 July 2018

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1593, in the meaning defined above

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