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Part of Speech
- The offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
- A violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.
- The betrayal of a trust; breach of faith; treachery.
The first known use of treason as a betrayal of trust was in the 13th century. The word is borrowed from the Middle English tresoun, from Anglo-French traisun, from Latin tradition-, traditio act of handing over, from tradere to hand over, betray.
Usage and Examples
Here are some examples:
- Found guilty of treason, Duncan was stripped of his position and exiled from the country.
- He was a good man, but his acts of treason, whatever his reasons, were inexcusable.
- After his trial, Jack was sentenced to life in prison for treason and trying to overthrow the government.