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Webster 1913 Edition


Traitor

Trai′tor

,
Noun.
[OE.
traitour
, OF.
traïtor
,
traïteur
, F.
treître
, L.
traditor
, fr.
tradere
,
traditum
, to deliver, to give up or surrender treacherously, to betray;
trans
across, over +
dare
to give. See
Date
time, and cf.
Betray
,
Tradition
,
Traditor
,
Treason
.]
1.
One who violates his allegiance and betrays his country; one guilty of treason; one who, in breach of trust, delivers his country to an enemy, or yields up any fort or place intrusted to his defense, or surrenders an army or body of troops to the enemy, unless when vanquished; also, one who takes arms and levies war against his country; or one who aids an enemy in conquering his country. See
Treason
.
O passing
traitor
, perjured and unjust!
Shakespeare
2.
Hence, one who betrays any confidence or trust; a betrayer.
“This false traitor death.”
Chaucer.

Trai′tor

,
Adj.
Traitorous.
[R.]
Spenser. Pope.

Trai′tor

,
Verb.
T.
To act the traitor toward; to betray; to deceive.
[Obs.]
“ But time, it traitors me.”
Lithgow.

Webster 1828 Edition


Traitor

TRA'ITOR

,
Noun.
[L. traditor; trado, to deliver.]
1.
One who violates his allegiance and betrays his country; one guilty of treason; one who, in breach of trust, delivers his country to its enemy, or any fort or place entrusted to his defense, or who surrenders an army or body of troops to the enemy, unless when vanquished; or one who takes arms and levies war against his country; or one who aids an enemy in conquering his country. [See Treason.]
2.
One who betrays his trust.

Definition 2022


traitor

traitor

See also: traïtor

English

Alternative forms

Noun

traitor (plural traitors)

  1. One who violates his allegiance and betrays his/her country; one guilty of treason; one who, in breach of trust, delivers his country to an enemy, or yields up any fort or place intrusted to his defense, or surrenders an army or body of troops to the enemy, unless when vanquished; also, one who takes arms and levies war against his country; or one who aids an enemy in conquering his country.
  2. Hence, one who betrays any confidence or trust.

Synonyms

Translations

See also

Verb

traitor (third-person singular simple present traitors, present participle traitoring, simple past and past participle traitored)

  1. To act the traitor toward; to betray; to deceive.

Translations

Adjective

traitor (comparative more traitor, superlative most traitor)

  1. traitorous
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Translations


Old French

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Latin trāditor.

Noun

traitor m (oblique plural traitors, nominative singular traitre, nominative plural traitor)

  1. traitor

Related terms

Descendants


Old Provençal

Etymology

Latin traditor.

Noun

traitor m (oblique plural traitors, nominative singular traitors, nominative plural traitor)

  1. traitor

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