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

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Recent Examples on the Web No surprises there, since azadi is Urdu for freedom, which gave it a treasonous ring. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Once “azadi” got students arrested—now all Indians are raising the slogan," 19 Dec. 2019 Previously, the show had presented the former King Edward VIII as a selfish fool, whose abdication thrust the unprepared King George VI and his family into the spotlight, a lackadaisical socialite, and a treasonous Nazi supporter. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Inside Prince Charles's Relationship with the Duke of Windsor," 23 Nov. 2019 Leaders, from governors up to the president, have been exercising maximum power and declaring any sharp criticism of their leadership as treasonous. Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria has been quietly crushing press freedom—but now the world is watching," 9 Dec. 2019 Paine also called for the end of hereditary monarchy, which was a treasonous act at the time. CBS News, ""Mobituaries": Thomas Paine and the death of a forgotten founding father," 15 Nov. 2019 In internal communication on social media channels in recent weeks, some officials in the group have called reconciliation with the government treasonous to Islam. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Syrian Rebels Withdraw Heavy Weapons to Avert Regime Assault," 10 Oct. 2018 Reviving old tactics, Netanyahu has been seeking to galvanize his right-wing base by painting the Arab minority as disloyal and even treasonous. Washington Post, "Arab leader seeks to shake up Israeli election," 31 Aug. 2019 Obama’s Justice Department charged him with treasonous federal crimes under the 1917 Espionage Act. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "Edward Snowden and the Rise of Whistle-Blower Culture," 16 Sep. 2019 In Hong Kong, however, corporate activism is complicated by consumer attitudes on the mainland, where anti-Beijing sentiment is often viewed as treasonous. The Economist, "Taking sides in Hong Kong’s protests presents opportunities for firms," 18 July 2019

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1593, in the meaning defined above

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“Treasonous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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