Treason meaning

trēzən
Treason is the act of betraying your country or a betrayal of trust.

When you reveal state secrets to an enemy of your country, this is an example of treason.

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The betrayal of allegiance toward one's own country, especially by committing hostile acts against it or aiding its enemies in committing such acts.
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Betrayal of trust or faith; treachery.
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The crime of betraying one's own country.
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The betrayal of someone's trust or confidence.
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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.
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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.
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Providing aid and comfort to the enemy.
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Origin of treason

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman treson from Latin trāditiō trāditiōn- a handing over tradition

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary