verb (used with object)
Origin of betray
Synonyms for betray
Antonyms for betray
Related Words for betrayaltreachery, sellout, deception, dishonesty, treason, double-dealing, trickery, falseness, duplicity, perfidy, unfaithfulness, giveaway, telling, disclosure, revelation, ratting
Examples from the Web for betrayal
Contemporary Examples of betrayal
Betrayal…you can hear it…betraying the thing he loves for a cheap bit of film publicity.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
We all felt the betrayal not so much of the institution as of the man who had noisily and heroically put it on the map.Ben Bradlee Was the Last of the Newspaper Giants
October 22, 2014
To a certain degree, there is an irrational sense of betrayal.
The worldwide panic over her new look is rooted in a sense of betrayal to the "be yourself" values that Bridget Jones embodied.
Guns, money, sex, and betrayal: Rarely do the news gods smile down on us with such charity.Glock Family Goes Down, Guns Blazing
October 11, 2014
Historical Examples of betrayal
There must be women there, and women meant screams, horror, betrayal.Way of the Lawless
And at this time Shakespeare has suffered Herbert's betrayal.The Man Shakespeare
This marriage with Peggy, for instance, looks like a betrayal of her.Murder Point
"The Night of Betrayal" is presented in the form of a story within a story.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
If he had betrayed them, yet he had so contrived that they should not suffer by that betrayal.The Sea-Hawk
Word Origin for betray
late 13c., bitrayen "mislead, deceive, betray," from be- + obsolete Middle English tray, from Old French traine "betrayal, deception, deceit," from trair (Modern French trahir) "betray, deceive," from Latin tradere "hand over," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + dare "to give" (see date (n.1)). Related: Betrayed; betraying.