- to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty: Benedict Arnold betrayed his country.
- to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling: to betray a trust.
- to disappoint the hopes or expectations of; be disloyal to: to betray one's friends.
- to reveal or disclose in violation of confidence: to betray a secret.
- to reveal unconsciously (something one would preferably conceal): Her nervousness betrays her insecurity.
- to show or exhibit; reveal; disclose: an unfeeling remark that betrays his lack of concern.
- to deceive, misguide, or corrupt: a young lawyer betrayed by political ambitions into irreparable folly.
- to seduce and desert.
Origin of betray
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Examples from the Web for betrayed
A young novelist dies, the American military is betrayed and James Patterson is profiled.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 29-Jan 4, 2014
January 4, 2015
I had to file for bankruptsy [sic]…To have been betrayed by someone in the Christian Community.Ponzi-Scheming Pastor Fleeced His Flock Out of Millions
November 11, 2014
KABUL, Afghanistan — The girls of Afghanistan have been betrayed.The West Made Lots of Promises to Afghan Girls, Now It’s Breaking Them
October 20, 2014
Her sunny, dimpled smile was betrayed by her hunched, buckled posture.The Young Girls Escaping the ISIS War
September 16, 2014
He called me every single day for a year, but I was so hurt and so betrayed.Joan Rivers: Our Last Interview
September 4, 2014
The major had said nothing, betrayed nothing, only listened intently.Weighed and Wanting
Dick spoke at once, with a hesitancy that betrayed the depth of his emotion.Within the Law
The indignation of a betrayed tight-rope performer was strong within him.The Secret Agent
I have betrayed her secret—But I thought every body knew it!
During your illness, you have betrayed a secret—you have reason to start with horror.
- to aid an enemy of (one's nation, friend, etc); be a traitor toto betray one's country
- to hand over or expose (one's nation, friend, etc) treacherously to an enemy
- to disclose (a secret, confidence, etc) treacherously
- to break (a promise) or be disloyal to (a person's trust)
- to disappoint the expectations of; failhis tired legs betrayed him
- to show signs of; indicateif one taps china, the sound betrays any faults
- to reveal unintentionallyhis grin betrayed his satisfaction
- betray oneself to reveal one's true character, intentions, etc
- to lead astray; deceive
- euphemistic to seduce and then forsake (a woman)
Word Origin and History for betrayed
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.