verb (used with object)
- betjeman, sir john,
Origin of betray
Examples from the Web for betrayer
It means that I intend to rid the world of a base blackguard and betrayer of women!The Minister of Evil|William Le Queux
Her pride did not even allow her to admit that the girl had gone away after her betrayer.The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant|Alexander Johnstone Wilson
From his arms thou shalt start with horror, as from those of thy wronged father's betrayer,—perchance his deathsman!The Last Of The Barons, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He was back in the office forthwith, and in the next morning's issue denounced his betrayer.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
In despair Eliduc fell upon his betrayer, slew him, and cast his body into the sea.Legends & Romances of Brittany|Lewis Spence
Word Origin for betray
1520s, agent noun from betray (v.).
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.