Wednesday Word for June 15, 2022

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Today’s Word

Part of Speech

noun

Definition

  1. The offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
  2. A violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.
  3. The betrayal of a trust; breach of faith; treachery.

History

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.

Synonyms

betrayal, disloyalty, sellout

Antonyms

allegiance, faithfulness, loyalty

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.

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