traitor


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trai·tor

 (trā′tər)
n.
One who betrays one's country, a cause, or a trust, especially one who commits treason.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin trāditor, from trāditus, past participle of trādere, to betray; see tradition.]

traitor

(ˈtreɪtə)
n
a person who is guilty of treason or treachery, in betraying friends, country, a cause or trust, etc
[C13: from Old French traitour, from Latin trāditor traditor]
ˈtraitorous adj
ˈtraitorously adv
ˈtraitorˌship n
ˈtraitress fem n

trai•tor

(ˈtreɪ tər)

n.
1. a person who betrays another, a cause, or any trust.
2. a person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin trāditōrem, acc. of trāditor=trādi-, variant s. of trādere (see tradition) + -tor -tor]
trai′tor•ship`, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.traitor - someone who betrays his country by committing treasontraitor - someone who betrays his country by committing treason
collaborationist, quisling, collaborator - someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
fifth columnist, saboteur - a member of a clandestine subversive organization who tries to help a potential invader
traitress - female traitor
2.traitor - a person who says one thing and does anothertraitor - a person who says one thing and does another
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
Judas - someone who betrays under the guise of friendship

traitor

traitor

noun
One who betrays:
Informal: rat.
Translations
خائِن
zrádce-kyně
forræder
kavaltajamaanpetturipetollinenpettääpetturi
izdajnicaizdajnik
svikari; landráîamaîur
売国奴裏切り者非国民
nodevējs
verraadsterverradenverraderverraderlijkverraderlijke
izdajalecizdajalka
förrädarelandsförrädarequisling
vatan haini

traitor

[ˈtreɪtəʳ] Ntraidor(a) m/f
to be a traitor to one's countrytraicionar a la patria
to turn traitorvolverse traidor

traitor

[ˈtreɪtər] ntraître m

traitor

nVerräter(in) m(f); to be a traitor to one’s countrysein Vaterland verraten; to turn traitorzum Verräter werden

traitor

[ˈtreɪtəʳ] ntraditore/trice
to turn traitor → passare al nemico

traitor

(ˈtreitə) noun
a person who changes to the enemy's side or gives away information to the enemy. He was a traitor to his country.
References in classic literature ?
Yes, he went off with the rest of the Indians when Jacinto deserted us, but he could not stand being a traitor, after you had tried to save his brother's life.
My people have not seen a bright sun in many winters; and the warrior who deserts his tribe when hid in clouds is doubly a traitor.
Under that gospel, the citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth's political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal; he is a traitor.
Tom chased the traitor home, and thus found out where he lived.
Sand turns traitor, and betrays the footstep that has passed over it; water gives back to the tell-tale surface the body that has been drowned.
Charles Darnay had yesterday pleaded Not Guilty to an indictment denouncing him (with infinite jingle and jangle) for that he was a false traitor to our serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth, prince, our Lord the King, by reason of his having, on divers occasions, and by divers means and ways, assisted Lewis, the French King, in his wars against our said serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth; that was to say, by coming and going, between the dominions of our said serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth, and those of the said French Lewis, and wickedly, falsely, traitorously, and otherwise evil-adverbiously, revealing to the said French Lewis what forces our said serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth, had in preparation to send to Canada and North America.
I know that James Steerforth,' she said, with her hand on her bosom, as if to prevent the storm that was raging there, from being loud, 'has a false, corrupt heart, and is a traitor.
Now all this while that the traitor told his tale Umslopogaas, inch by inch, was edging near to him and yet nearer, till at length he might have touched him with an outstretched spear.
Presently I was silent from sheer lack of further objections; and need I say that all the while there had been a traitor impulse in my heart, a weak sweetness urging me on to accept the pretty chance which the good genius of my pilgrimage had so evidently put in my way,--for, after all, what harm could it do?
To whom the Goblin full of wrauth reply'd, Art thou that Traitor Angel, art thou hee, Who first broke peace in Heav'n and Faith, till then Unbrok'n, and in proud rebellious Arms Drew after him the third part of Heav'ns Sons Conjur'd against the highest, for which both Thou And they outcast from God, are here condemn'd To waste Eternal daies in woe and pain?
That the said Quinbus Flestrin, having brought the imperial fleet of Blefuscu into the royal port, and being afterwards commanded by his imperial majesty to seize all the other ships of the said empire of Blefuscu, and reduce that empire to a province, to be governed by a viceroy from hence, and to destroy and put to death, not only all the Big-endian exiles, but likewise all the people of that empire who would not immediately forsake the Big-endian heresy, he, the said Flestrin, like a false traitor against his most auspicious, serene, imperial majesty, did petition to be excused from the said service, upon pretence of unwillingness to force the consciences, or destroy the liberties and lives of an innocent people.
Sire," answered the grand-vizir, "it is most dangerous for a monarch to confide in a man whose faithfulness is not proved, You do not know that this physician is not a traitor come here to assassinate you.