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treacherous

[trech-er-uhs]
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adjective
  1. characterized by faithlessness or readiness to betray trust; traitorous.
  2. deceptive, untrustworthy, or unreliable.
  3. unstable or insecure, as footing.
  4. dangerous; hazardous: a treacherous climb.
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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
Related formstreach·er·ous·ly, adverbtreach·er·ous·ness, nounun·treach·er·ous, adjectiveun·treach·er·ous·ly, adverbun·treach·er·ous·ness, noun

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Antonyms

1. loyal. 2. reliable.
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Related Words

unscrupulously, deceitfully, perfidiously, difficultly, unsafely

Examples from the Web for treacherously

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  • These are treacherously attacked one night by Finn's men, 1073.

    Beowulf

    Unknown

  • Yet of this, my only remaining comfort, I was treacherously and cruelly deprived.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • I will inform that lovely wife how treacherously you have acted.

  • He jumped backward, exclaiming that I had wounded him treacherously.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • I had you at my mercy when I was treacherously struck down from behind.


British Dictionary definitions for treacherously

treacherous

adjective
  1. betraying or likely to betray faith or confidence
  2. unstable, unreliable, or dangeroustreacherous weather; treacherous ground
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Derived Formstreacherously, adverbtreacherousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for treacherously

treacherous

adj.

early 14c., from Old French trecheros (12c.), from trecheur, agent noun from trechier "to cheat, trick" (see trick). Figuratively, of things, from c.1600. Related: Treacherously; treacherousness.

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