Treason

Definition of Treason

Trea´son
n.1.The offense of attempting to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance, or of betraying the state into the hands of a foreign power; disloyalty; treachery.
The treason of the murthering in the bed.
- Chaucer.
2.Loosely, the betrayal of any trust or confidence; treachery; perfidy.
If he be false, she shall his treason see.
- Chaucer.
Petit treason
See under Petit.

Related Words

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