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high treason

treason against the sovereign or state.
Origin of high treason
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "He'll require you on a charge of high treason," said Mr. Green.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • It would be high treason if any of us lent herself to such an intrigue.

    Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit) Frank Wedekind
  • That it will amount to high treason and to prepare present charge.

  • Their crime was high treason against Medina while it was blockaded.

  • In 1640, however, he was impeached for high treason, and confined in the Tower.

  • Charges of high treason were brought against him, and he just vanished.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • But do not look at me so amazed—don't look at me as if I were guilty of high treason.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • There has not been a generation of my family that has not been at the Horn at Edinburgh for high treason.

    The Tory Maid Herbert Baird Stimpson
  • All were condemned by juries to death for high treason on 12th May.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
British Dictionary definitions for high treason

high treason

an act of treason directly affecting a sovereign or state
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