An attempt to overthrow the government of the state or nation to which one owes allegiance, by making war against that government or by giving material support to the enemies of that government. In order to be convicted of treason, a person must confess in open court or there must be testimony to overt acts by two witnesses. See also sedition.
Other Word Forms of Treason
Origin of Treason
From Middle English tresoun, treison, from Anglo-Norman treson, from Old French traïson (“treason"), from Latin trāditiōnem, accusative of trāditiō (“a giving up, handing over, surrender, delivery, tradition"), from trādō (“give up, hand over, deliver over, betray", verb), from trāns- (“over, across") +"Ž dō (“give").
Middle English from Anglo-Norman treson from Latin trāditiō trāditiōn- a handing over tradition
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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