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used in King Lear

7 uses
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to betray (not be loyal and maybe work actively against) someone or something — especially one's government
  • O heavens! that this treason were not—or not I the detector!
    3.5 — Act 3 Scene 5 — A Room in Gloster's Castle (51% in)
  • These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us: though the wisdom of nature can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds itself scourged by the sequent effects: love cools, friendship falls off, brothers divide: in cities, mutinies; in countries, discord; in palaces, treason; and the bond cracked 'twixt son and father.
    1.2 — Act 1 Scene 2 — A Hall in the Earl of Gloster's Castle (59% in)
  • Thou call'st on him that hates thee: it was he That made the overture of thy treasons to us; Who is too good to pity thee.
    3.7 — Act 3 Scene 7 — A Room in Gloster's Castle (83% in)
  • —Edmund, I arrest thee On capital treason; and, in thine arrest, This gilded serpent [pointing to Goneril.
    5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — A field between the two Camps (29% in)
  • Thou art arm'd, Gloster:—let the trumpet sound: If none appear to prove upon thy person Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons, There is my pledge [throwing down a glove]; I'll prove it on thy heart, Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less Than I have here proclaim'd thee.
    5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — A field between the two Camps (31% in)
  • Know, my name is lost; By treason's tooth bare-gnawn and canker-bit.
    5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — A field between the two Camps (40% in)
  • In wisdom I should ask thy name; But since thy outside looks so fair and warlike, And that thy tongue some say of breeding breathes, What safe and nicely I might well delay By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn: Back do I toss those treasons to thy head; With the hell-hated lie o'erwhelm thy heart; Which,—for they yet glance by and scarcely bruise,— This sword of mine shall give them instant way, Where they shall rest for ever.
    5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — A field between the two Camps (47% in)

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