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betray

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of betray

  1. 1 to be unfaithful or disloyal to childhood friends of movie stars often betray them by telling their secrets to the supermarket tabloids Synonyms of betray backstab, cross, double-cross, sell (out), two-time Words Related to betray give away; inform (on), peach, rat (on), shop [British], snitch (on), split (on) [British], tell (on), turn in Phrases go back on, sell down the river, stab in the back Near Antonyms of betray defend, guard, protect, safeguard, save, shield Antonyms of betray stand by

  2. 2 to make known (something abstract) through outward signs his face betrayed his exasperation with his nosy neighbor Synonyms of betray bespeak, show, communicate, declare, demonstrate, display, evince, expose, give away, manifest, revealWords Related to betray bare, disclose, unbosom, uncloak, uncover; advertise, air, announce, blaze, broadcast, placard, proclaim, publicize, sound, trumpet; projectNear Antonyms of betray belie, misrepresent; distort, falsify, garble, twist; camouflage, disguise; gild, gloss (over), varnish, whitewash; conceal, counterfeit, cover, hide, mask, obscure, occlude, veil

  3. 3 to lead away from a usual or proper course by offering some pleasure or advantage she was betrayed by a false show of friendship into covering up the crime Synonyms of betray allure, bait, beguile, lure, decoy, entice, lead on, seduce, solicit, temptWords Related to betray draw in, inveigle, persuade, rope (in), snow; catch, enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, entrap, mesh, snare, tangle, trap; bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, fascinate, magnetize, wileNear Antonyms of betray alert, caution, forewarn, ward (off), warn; drive (away or off), repulse, turn away

Synonym Discussion of betray

reveal, disclose, divulge, tell, betray mean to make known what has been or should be concealed. reveal may apply to supernatural or inspired revelation of truths beyond the range of ordinary human vision or reason.
    • divine will as revealed in sacred writings
disclose may imply a discovering but more often an imparting of information previously kept secret.
    • candidates must disclose their financial assets
divulge implies a disclosure involving some impropriety or breach of confidence.
    • refused to divulge an anonymous source
tell implies an imparting of necessary or useful information.
    • told them what he had overheard
betray implies a divulging that represents a breach of faith or an involuntary or unconscious disclosure.
    • a blush that betrayed her embarrassment


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