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He was executed for treason in a time of war.
  to betray (not be loyal and maybe work actively against) someone or something — especially one’s government
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  • He was executed for treason in a time of war.
  • Her behavior was treasonous.
  • He was tried for treason at Richmond but acquitted.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • He has the arrogance of youth; there is no treason in his heart, I know it.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet

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  • — Ring the alarum bell:—murder and treason!
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Is Yearling Barrius guilty of treason?
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • These offenses are treason to the royal family!
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • He lumped all change together, calling it treason before inspecting it.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • He arrested our elected prime minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and had him tried for treason then hanged from a scaffold in Rawalpindi jail.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • "Where I come from," the snake girl said, "the punishment for treason is being covered in honey, bound to an open boat, and floated out into a stagnant pond.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • Part of this reluctance was no doubt due to the thought that, by discarding the accepted concepts of wolf nature, I would be committing scientific treason; part of it to the knowledge that recognition of the truth would deprive my mission of its fine aura of danger and high adventure; and not the least part of that reluctance was probably due to my unwillingness to accept the fact that I had been made to look like a blithering idiot — not by my fellow man, but by mere brute beasts.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Like Old King Celon when he thought his regent was going to expose him for treason.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Why would you risk treason for a mud fight?
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • She’d been Confined for treason, but the truth was far worse than anyone could’ve imagined.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • But that is treason!
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • In fact, she realized with a grimace, she’d be lucky if she weren’t accused of treason and magic-using.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • It was treason.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • I will not have treason spoken in my house, Sam.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • He had not shed a tear when his brother was court-martialed for treason.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • We Britons had at that time particularly settled that it was treasonable to doubt our having and our being the best of everything: otherwise, while I was scared by the immensity of London, I think I might have had some faint doubts whether it was not rather ugly, crooked, narrow, and dirty.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Hark how the villain would gloze now, after his treasonable abuses!
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • CYRANO (growing whiter and whiter): Saturday The nineteenth: having eaten to excess Of pear-conserve, the King felt feverish; The lancet quelled this treasonable revolt, And the august pulse beats at normal pace.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Miss Stackpole was baffled; she evidently thought there was something treasonable in Mrs. Touchett’s appreciation of a class which she privately judged to be a mysterious survival of feudalism.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • He became thickly treasonous, and spoke in terms of sweeping indecency of a Government which had forced upon him a white man’s education and neglected to supply him with a white man’s salary.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • "Gen," Sophos protested, "that’s treasonous."
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • "You wouldn’t find the Brigade of Guards coming over all treasonable like this, my word, no!"
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • Miss Stackpole was baffled; she evidently thought there was something treasonable in Mrs. Touchett’s appreciation of a class which she privately judged to be a mysterious survival of feudalism.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Two people hunting, saying treasonous things against the Capitol, yes.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • I wasn’t involved in any treasonous activity if that’s what you’re asking.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • The farmers of the taxes, being chargeable with the loss, complained to Caesar, and Caesar held Herod to payment, and Herod, on his part, seized property of Ilderim, whom he charged with treasonable neglect of duty.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The officer-in-charge announced that Endo had been charged not with murder, but with treasonous action against the corps.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Committed treason.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The theme of punishment for treason became more prevalent as the war dragged on.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • In which case, you might find yourself arrested for treason.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • All of the American leaders have committed treason against the King.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Tried for treason, convicted—and killed.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Can’t you find out who did the treason because he wasn’t Father upon my honour; he is an Englishman and uncapable to do such things, and then they would let Father out of prison.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • And yet to keep it to myself is surely treason.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Sir, those words sound like treason.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • To see the firehouses burn across the land, destroyed as hotbeds of treason.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • But with Ona’s dead body beneath his eyes, Jurgis could not well think of treason to his child.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Then confess What treason there is mingled with your love.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • There are those in my circle who believe that abandoning watan when it needs you the most is the same as treason.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • In all the long wars with the Dark Tower treason has ever been our greatest foe.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • If a friend happened to improve his financial position, she dropped him, feeling that he had committed an act of treason.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I speak no treason.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • My religious doings were reported to my parents in the hushed, urgent tones of treason revealed.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • "If there were treason, or proofs of secret relations with Napoleon, they would have been made public," he said with warmth and haste.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • —O treason of the blood!
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • He was not being put on trial for treason or for helping Jews or anything of the sort.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
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