When you reveal state secrets to an enemy of your country, this is an example of treason.
- Now Rare betrayal of trust or faith; treachery
- violation of the allegiance owed to one's sovereign or state; betrayal of one's country, specif., in the U.S. (as declared in the Constitution), consisting only in levying war against the U.S. or in giving aid and comfort to its enemies
Origin of treasonMiddle English treison from Old French traïson from Classical Latin traditio from past participle of tradere, to give or deliver over or up from trans-, trans- + dare, to give: see date
- The betrayal of allegiance toward one's own country, especially by committing hostile acts against it or aiding its enemies in committing such acts.
- The betrayal of someone's trust or confidence.
Origin of treasonMiddle English from Anglo-Norman treson from Latin trāditiō trāditiōn- a handing over ; see tradition .
- The crime of betraying one's own country.
- Providing aid and comfort to the enemy.
From Middle English tresoun, treison, from Anglo-Norman treson, from Old French traÃ¯son (“treason"), from Latin trÄditiÅnem, accusative of trÄditiÅ (“a giving up, handing over, surrender, delivery, tradition"), from trÄdÅ (“give up, hand over, deliver over, betray", verb), from trÄns- (“over, across") +"Ž dÅ (“give").
treason - Legal Definition