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See also: traïtor
- traitour (obsolete)
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɹeɪtə(ɹ)/
- (US) enPR: trā′tər, IPA(key): /ˈtɹeɪtɚ/, [ˈtʰɹeɪɾɚ]
- Homophone: trader (in dialects with flapping)
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -eɪtə(ɹ)
traitor (plural traitors)
- Someone who violates an allegiance and betrays their country; someone guilty of treason; one who, in breach of trust, delivers their country to an enemy, or yields up any fort or place entrusted to his defense, or surrenders an army or body of troops to the enemy, unless when vanquished
- Someone who takes arms and levies war against their country; or one who aids an enemy in conquering his country.
- Hence, one who betrays any confidence or trust.
one who violates allegiance and betrays one's country
- To act the traitor toward; to betray; to deceive.
act the traitor toward
- French: traître
- Norman: traître (Jersey)
- Walloon: traite
- → Middle English: traytour, traitour, traitor