treasonous

adjective

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

Examples of treasonous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even casting the monarch’s horoscope was treasonous, and treason’s death sentence was hideous: women were burned alive, men were hanged, drawn, and quartered — hanged until almost dead, eviscerated while still alive, then chopped into pieces. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2024 In Elizabethan England, some Catholics, many of whom were priests, were put to death as their religion was seen as treasonous to the monarchy, which presided over the protestant Church of England. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 22 Mar. 2024 When the peaceful transfer of power is threatened by orchestrated acts of incitement, the treasonous intent is verified. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2024 Nothing but treasonous racists, and that's on a good day. Lori Rozsa, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023 Parties warning about threats to ‘democracy’ treat the opposition as criminal or treasonous and try to prevent them from ever taking power again. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 17 Oct. 2023 That entire building is filled with treasonous traitors. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 25 July 2023 Randolph feared a president could be involved in a treasonous plot, directing his allies to carry out a conspiracy. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 18 June 2023 His actions were treasonous. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of treasonous was in 1593

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“Treasonous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treasonous. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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