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treason


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Treason  \Trea"son\,  n.  [OE.  tresun  treisun  traisoun  OF 
  tra["i]son,  F.  trahison  L.  traditio  a  giving  up  a 
  delivering  up  fr  tradere  to  give  up  betray.  See  {Traitor}, 
  and  cf  {Tradition}.] 
  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. 
 
  Note:  In  monarchies,  the  killing  of  the  sovereign,  or  an 
  attempt  to  take  his  life,  is  treason.  In  England,  to 
  imagine  or  compass  the  death  of  the  king,  or  of  the 
  queen  consort,  or  of  the  heir  apparent  to  the  crown,  is 
  high  treason,  as  are  many  other  offenses  created  by 
  statute.  In  the  United  States,  treason  is  confined  to 
  the  actual  levying  of  war  against  the  United  States,  or 
  to  an  adhering  to  their  enemies,  giving  them  aid  and 
  comfort. 
 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  treason 
  n  1:  a  crime  that  undermines  the  offender's  government  [syn:  {high 
  treason},  {lese  majesty}] 
  2:  disloyalty  by  virtue  of  subversive  behavior  [syn:  {subversiveness}, 
  {traitorousness}] 
  3:  an  act  of  deliberate  betrayal  [syn:  {treachery},  {betrayal}, 
  {perfidy}] 




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