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treason
used in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

5 uses
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Definition
betraying someone or something — typically betraying one's own country

(in this context, to betray is to not be loyal—often by helping enemies)
  • Such love must needs be treason in my breast: In second husband let me be accurst!
    3.2 — Act 3 Scene 2 — A hall in the Castle (48% in)
  • ...rheum; a clout upon that head Where late the diadem stood, and for a robe, About her lank and all o'erteemed loins, A blanket, in the alarm of fear caught up;— Who this had seen, with tongue in venom steep'd, 'Gainst Fortune's state would treason have pronounc'd: But if the gods themselves did see her then, When she saw Pyrrhus make malicious sport In mincing with his sword her husband's limbs, The instant burst of clamour that she made,— Unless things mortal move them not at all,—...
    2.2 — Act 2 Scene 2 — A room in the Castle (85% in)
  • — Let him go, Gertrude; do not fear our person: There's such divinity doth hedge a king, That treason can but peep to what it would, Acts little of his will.
    4.5 — Act 4 Scene 5 — Elsinore (A room in the Castle) (57% in)
  • Treason! treason!
    5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — A hall in the Castle (79% in)
  • Treason! treason!
    5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — A hall in the Castle (79% in)

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