treacherous

[ trech-er-uhs ]
/ ˈtrɛtʃ ər əs /

adjective

characterized by faithlessness or readiness to betray trust; traitorous.
deceptive, untrustworthy, or unreliable.
unstable or insecure, as footing.
dangerous; hazardous: a treacherous climb.

Origin of treacherous

1300–50; Middle English trecherous < Anglo-French, equivalent to trecher deceiver (trech(ier) to deceive + -er -er2) + -ous -ous. Cf. French tricheur trickster

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treacherous

/ (ˈtrɛtʃərəs) /

adjective

betraying or likely to betray faith or confidence
unstable, unreliable, or dangeroustreacherous weather; treacherous ground

Derived Forms

treacherously, adverbtreacherousness, noun
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