- a person who betrays another, a cause, or any trust.
- a person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.
Origin of traitor
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Historical Examples of traitorship
The magnates of capital shrewdly took advantage of this traitorship and, in the following campaign, won the national election.Life in a Thousand Worlds
William Shuler Harris
- a person who is guilty of treason or treachery, in betraying friends, country, a cause or trust, etc
Word Origin for traitor
c.1200, from Old French traitor (11c.), from Latin traditorem (nominative traditor) "betrayer," literally "one who delivers," from stem of tradere "deliver, surrender" (see tradition). Originally usually with a suggestion of Judas Iscariot.