Treachery
Treachery Treach"er*y, n. [OE. trecher["i]e, trichere, OF. trecherie, tricherie, F. tricherie trickery, from tricher to cheat, to trick, OF. trichier, trechier; probably of Teutonic origin. See {Trickery}, {Trick}.] Violation of allegiance or of faith and confidence; treasonable or perfidious conduct; perfidy; treason. [1913 Webster]

Be ware, ye lords, of their treachery. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

In the council chamber at Edinburgh, he had contracted a deep taint of treachery and corruption. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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  • treachery — index bad faith, collusion, deceit, disloyalty, false pretense, fraud, infidelity, knavery, machination …   Law dictionary

  • treachery — (n.) early 13c., from O.Fr. trecherie deceit, cheating (12c.), from trechier to cheat, deceive (see TRICK (Cf. trick)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • treachery — [n] disloyalty, dishonesty betrayal, bunco, corruption, dirty dealing*, dirty pool*, dirty trick*, dirty work*, disaffection, dodge, double cross*, double dealing*, duplicity, faithlessness, fake, falseness, fast shuffle*, flimflam*, grift, gyp* …   New thesaurus

  • treachery — [trech′ər ē] n. pl. treacheries [ME trecherie < OFr tricherie, trickery < trichier, to cheat: see TRICK] 1. betrayal of trust, faith, or allegiance; perfidy, disloyalty, or treason 2. an act of perfidy or treason …   English World dictionary

  • treachery — n. treachery to + inf. (it was treachery to reveal such secrets to the enemy) * * * [ tretʃ(ə)rɪ] treachery to + inf. (it was treachery to reveal such secrets to the enemy) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • treachery — [[t]tre̱tʃəri[/t]] treacheries N UNCOUNT: also N in pl Treachery is behaviour or an action in which someone betrays their country or betrays a person who trusts them. He was deeply wounded by the treachery of close aides and old friends …   English dictionary

  • treachery — UK [ˈtretʃərɪ] / US noun Word forms treachery : singular treachery plural treacheries a) [uncountable] treacherous behaviour b) [countable] a treacherous act …   English dictionary

  • treachery — See treachery, treason …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • treachery — treach|e|ry [ˈtretʃəri] n plural treacheries [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: trecherie, from trechier, trichier; TRICK1] 1.) [U] behaviour in which someone is not loyal to a person who trusts them, especially when this behaviour helps… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • treachery — [13] Despite the passing resemblance, treachery has no etymological connection with traitor or treason. In fact, its closest English relative is trick. The word was treacle 516 borrowed from Old French trecherie, a derivative of trichier ‘cheat’… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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