turn·​coat | \ ˈtərn-ˌkōt How to pronounce turncoat (audio) \

Definition of turncoat

: one who switches to an opposing side or party specifically : traitor

Examples of turncoat in a Sentence

the plot of the story revolved around the gangster's relentless determination to learn the identity of the turncoat
Recent Examples on the Web My Twitter account blew up with people calling me a traitor, a turncoat, and worse. Sen. Tim Scott | Fox News, Fox News, 4 Aug. 2022 At higher levels, players can target civilian spies, turncoat celebrities who support the junta and coup leaders. New York Times, 20 July 2022 Trump turned back in Georgia:Trump called Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp a 'turncoat' and fought to defeat him. Julia Mueller, USA TODAY, 1 July 2022 Rather than a defeat for Madrid, Mbappé’s decision has been cast as that of a mercenary and a traitor, a turncoat who gave his word to Pérez and then betrayed him. New York Times, 27 May 2022 Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce star in the true story of British turncoat spy Kim Philby and his friendship with fellow MI6 sleuth Nicholas Elliott. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 20 May 2022 Rivals questioned his credentials and reviled him as a turncoat who ratted out his comrades during a stint in a U.S. military prison. Joby Warrick And Souad Mekhennet, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Feb. 2022 In 1992, Gravano, who was the underboss and known for his unrelenting ferocity in any fight, went from one of the most powerful figures in the New York mafia to its most infamous turncoat. Anna Perczak, ABC News, 27 Jan. 2022 German turncoat, spreading its sympathies between them. Guy Lodge, Variety, 30 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of turncoat

1557, in the meaning defined above

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“Turncoat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turncoat. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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