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traitorous

[trey-ter-uh s] /ˈtreɪ tər əs/
adjective
1.
having the character of a traitor; treacherous; perfidious.
2.
characteristic of a traitor.
3.
of the nature of treason; treasonable:
a traitorous act.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English treterous, traytrous < Old French traitreus; see traitor, -ous
Related forms
traitorously, adverb
traitorousness, noun
nontraitorous, adjective
nontraitorously, adverb
nontraitorousness, noun
untraitorous, adjective
untraitorously, adverb
untraitorousness, noun
Synonyms
1–3. disloyal, treasonous, faithless.
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Examples for traitorous
  • Parade was tarred with a traitorous, dreyfusard brush, and consigned to oblivion.
  • Lawyers showered his traitorous bodyguard with rose petals.
  • Some traitorous generals may lie about whether they will support a particular plan and what other generals told them.
  • Nor can there be any doubt that he was keenly aware of the gravity of his traitorous actions.
  • The traitorous captain hesitated for a short while after his arrest, but soon made a full confession.
  • According to observers, some local groups interpreted his remarks about the country's authorities as traitorous.
  • And aside from their traitorous aspects, of what a medley of follies are such ideas com pounded.
Word Origin and History for traitorous
adj.

late 14c., apparently from Old French traitreus (mid-13c.), from traitor (see traitor).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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