Definition of Treason

1. Noun. A crime that undermines the offender's government.




2. Noun. Disloyalty by virtue of subversive behavior.
Exact synonyms: Subversiveness, Traitorousness
Generic synonyms: Disloyalty
Specialized synonyms: Betrayal
Derivative terms: Subversive, Traitorous, Treasonist, Treasonous

3. Noun. An act of deliberate betrayal.
Exact synonyms: Betrayal, Perfidy, Treachery
Generic synonyms: Dishonesty, Knavery
Specialized synonyms: Double Cross, Double-crossing, Sellout
Derivative terms: Betray, Perfidious, Treacherous, Treasonist

Definition of Treason

1. n. 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.

Definition of Treason

1. Noun. The crime of betraying one’s government. ¹

2. Noun. Providing aid and comfort to the enemy. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Treason

1. violation of allegiance toward one's country [n -S]

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Literary usage of Treason

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1. The History of English Law Before the Time of Edward I by Frederick Pollock, Frederic William Maitland (1899)
"Our task therefore is hard if we would speak of treason as it was before the ... 3 Coke, Third Inst. 15: 'In ancient time every treason was comprehended ..."

2. Commentaries on the Laws of England by Herbert Broom, Edward Alfred Hadley, William Wait, William Blackstone (1875)
"But it was again raised into high treason, by the statute of Anne before mentioned, at the time of a projected invasion in favour of the then pretender; ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"It was not treason to repair a. statue of the emperor which had decayed from ... treason was one of the publica judicia, ie one of those crimes in which any ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"treason. treason is the highest crime known to society, and traitors by the law of every country are liable to the severest punishment. ..."

5. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, George Sharswood, Barron Field (1875)
"1 ; and is a king who has resigned his crown, abdicated his government, or subverted the constitution, any longer the object of treason f 76-78. 5. ..."

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