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treachery
used in Gulliver's Travels

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the behavior of someone who pretends to be a friend and then tricks, cheats, or betrays
  • I enjoyed perfect health of body, and tranquillity of mind; I did not feel the treachery or inconstancy of a friend, nor the injuries of a secret or open enemy.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (73% in)
  • Three kings protested to me, "that in their whole reigns they never did once prefer any person of merit, unless by mistake, or treachery of some minister in whom they confided; neither would they do it if they were to live again:" and they showed, with great strength of reason, "that the royal throne could not be supported without corruption, because that positive, confident, restiff temper, which virtue infused into a man, was a perpetual clog to public business."
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (72% in)
  • Some of our sailors, whether out of treachery or inadvertence, had informed the pilots "that I was a stranger, and great traveller;" whereof these gave notice to a custom-house officer, by whom I was examined very strictly upon my landing.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (76% in)

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