- treason against the sovereign or state.
Origin of high treason
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for high treason
In 1759, by an edict, they were declared guilty of high-treason, and expelled from Portugal.Mysticism and its Results
I fancy that he was found guilty of high-treason, was he not?The Heir of Kilfinnan
If they had been guilty of high-treason, they should be duly arraigned.The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II.
John Lothrop Motley
John Garnet or himself had to pay the penalty of high-treason at Tyburn.Katerfelto
G. J. Whyte-Melville
To be in prison at your age (you are little more than a lad), and that for high-treason!Lochinvar
S. R. Crockett
- an act of treason directly affecting a sovereign or state
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