Definition of Treacherous

1. Adjective. Dangerously unstable and unpredictable. "An unreliable trestle"

Exact synonyms: Unreliable
Similar to: Dangerous, Unsafe
Derivative terms: Unreliableness



2. Adjective. Tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans. "Treacherous intrigues"
Exact synonyms: Perfidious, Punic
Similar to: Unfaithful
Derivative terms: Perfidiousness, Perfidy, Perfidy, Treachery, Treachery

Definition of Treacherous

1. a. Like a traitor; involving treachery; violating allegiance or faith pledged; traitorous to the state or sovereign; perfidious in private life; betraying a trust; faithless.

Definition of Treacherous

1. Adjective. Exhibiting treachery. ¹

2. Adjective. Deceitful; inclined to betray. ¹

3. Adjective. Unreliable; dangerous. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Treacherous

1. [adj]

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Literary usage of Treacherous

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1. Tunneling: A Practical Treatise by Charles Prelini (1912)
"This tunnel penetrated a laminated clay of the most treacherous character, ... The Italian method is essentially a treacherous soil method. ..."

2. Publications by Oxford Historical Society (1907)
"But all would not do, several, it seems, proving treacherous & faithless. They are much blamed for this Election. But Interest sways. ..."

3. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from by Samuel Johnson, Henry John Todd, Alexander Chalmers (1824)
"treacherous; artful; tricki.h ; '.M PULL), a Peevish ; boisterous ; rugged; deceitful: subtle. .... treacherous ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1831)
"... infamously deserted the sinking cause of their benefactor, and devoted their treacherous allegiance to the service of his more fortunate rival. ..."

5. The Prairie: A Tale by James Fenimore Cooper (1898)
"The drowsy father closed his eyes, and slept heavily, with this treacherous inmate in the very bosom of his family. ..."

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