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traitor

[ trey-ter ]
/ ˈtreɪ tər /
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noun

a person who betrays another, a cause, or any trust.
a person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.

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Origin of traitor

1175–1225; Middle English <Old French <Latin trāditōr-, stem of trāditor betrayer. See traditor

OTHER WORDS FROM traitor

trai·tor·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for traitor

traitor
/ (ˈtreɪtə) /

noun

a person who is guilty of treason or treachery, in betraying friends, country, a cause or trust, etc

Derived forms of traitor

traitorous, adjectivetraitorously, adverbtraitorship, nountraitress, fem n

Word Origin for traitor

C13: from Old French traitour, from Latin trāditor traditor
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