adjective Date: 14th century 1. guilty or capable of treason 2. constituting treason <
traitorous activities
Synonyms: see faithlesstraitorously adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Traitorous — Trai tor*ous, a. [Cf. F. tra[^i]treux.] 1. Guilty of treason; treacherous; perfidious; faithless; as, a traitorous officer or subject. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Consisting in treason; partaking of treason; implying breach of allegiance; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • traitorous — index disobedient, faithless, false (disloyal), perfidious, recreant, untrue Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • traitorous — (adj.) late 14c., apparently from O.Fr. traitreus (mid 13c.), from traitor (see TRAITOR (Cf. traitor)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • traitorous — *treacherous, perfidious, *faithless, false, disloyal Analogous words: recreant, renegade, apostate (see corresponding nouns at RENEGADE): seditious, mutinous, rebellious (see INSUBORDINATE): disaffected, estranged, alienated (see ESTRANGE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • traitorous — [adj] disloyal apostate, betraying, double crossing, faithless, perfidious, recreant, subversive, treacherous, treasonable, treasonous, two faced*, two timing, undutiful, unfaithful, unpatriotic, untrue, wormlike; concept 401 …   New thesaurus

  • traitorous — [trāt′ər əs] adj. 1. of, or having the nature of, a traitor; treacherous; faithless 2. of or involving treason; treasonable SYN. FAITHLESS traitorously adv. traitorousness n …   English World dictionary

  • traitorous — [[t]tre͟ɪtərəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED A traitorous action will betray or bring danger to a country or to the group of people that someone belongs to. ...the monstrous betrayal of men by their most traitorous companions. ...the movement could be labeled… …   English dictionary

  • traitorous — traitorously, adv. traitorousness, n. /tray teuhr euhs/, adj. 1. having the character of a traitor; treacherous; perfidious. 2. characteristic of a traitor. 3. of the nature of treason; treasonable: a traitorous act. [1350 1400; ME treterous,… …   Universalium

  • traitorous — adjective his dealings with a traitorous party Syn: treacherous, disloyal, treasonous, renegade, backstabbing; double crossing, double dealing, faithless, unfaithful, two faced, duplicitous, deceitful, false; informal two timing; literary… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • traitorous — /ˈtreɪtərəs/ (say traytuhruhs) adjective 1. having the character of a traitor; treacherous; perfidious. 2. characteristic of a traitor. 3. having the nature of treason: a traitorous action. –traitorously, adverb –traitorousness, noun …   Australian English dictionary

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