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treason
used in Atlas Shrugged

25 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)
  • No. Some day, you'll know what treason I'm committing right now, but ....
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (90% in)
  • It's treason to shield a deserter!
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (73% in)
  • It's economic treason!
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (73% in)
  • She shuddered, closing her eyes, feeling as if she were guilty of double treason, feeling as if she were suspended in space between this valley and the rest of the earth, with no right to either.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (17% in)
  • Then she heard her own voice asking suddenly, involuntarily, and she knew that this was the treason she had wanted to escape, "Do you permit any communication with the outside world?"
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (17% in)
  • No matter what you feel for him, it will not change what you feel for me, and it won't be treason to either, because it comes from the same root, it's the same payment in answer to the same values.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (24% in)
  • "I do not expect to be insulted by disloyal young punks with treasonable motives," said Dr. Stadler loudly.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (33% in)
  • Were I to surrender to pain and give up in futile regret that my own error has wrecked my past-that would be the act of final treason, the ultimate failure toward that truth I regret having failed.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (94% in)
  • "Hank," she whispered, "I don't think I can explain it, but I feel that I have committed no treason, either to you or to him."
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (98% in)
  • You've never suffered, the eyes were saying with self-righteous scorn-while he remembered the sensation of proud chastity with which he had fought through those moments, refusing to surrender to pain, a sensation made of his love, of his loyalty, of his knowledge that joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment's torture.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (41% in)
  • This was the act he had then called treason, and this was the man he had rejected in order to go on serving the men confronting him now.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (56% in)
  • If those men had vanished, if that world was gone, if his mills had ceased to serve his values-then the mills were only a pile of dead scrap, to be left to crumble, the sooner the better-to be left, not as an act of treason, but as an act of loyalty to their actual meaning.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (69% in)
  • The newspapers, like puppets on tangled strings, were shouting with the same belligerence and on the same dates: "It is social treason to ascribe too much importance to Hank Rearden's desertion and to undermine public morale by the old-fashioned belief that an individual can be of any significance to society.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (2% in)
  • It is social treason to spread rumors about the disappearance of Hank Rearden.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (2% in)
  • It is social treason to cast an unpatriotic light upon the tragic loss of Hank Rearden.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (2% in)
  • I'll put the whole profession on trial for sabotage, desertion and treason!
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (12% in)
  • You have reached the blind alley of the treason you committed when you agreed that you had no right to exist.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (79% in)
  • At the end of your road of successive betrayals, stripped of weapons, of certainty, of honor, you commit your final act of treason and sign your petition of intellectual bankruptcy: while the muscle-mystics of the People's States proclaim that they're the champions of reason and science, you agree and hasten to proclaim that faith is your cardinal principle, that reason is on the side of your destroyers, but yours is the side of faith.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (79% in)
  • Be it only a penny you will not miss or a kindly smile he has not earned, a tribute to a zero is treason to life and to all those who struggle to maintain it.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (86% in)
  • This dismal wreckage, which is now your world, is the physical form of the treason you committed to your values, to your friends, to your defenders, to your future, to your country, to yourself.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (86% in)
  • But it's treason!" cried Eugene Lawson.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (7% in)
  • She's talking pure treason!
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (7% in)
  • "We mustn't be intolerant," "But it's treason, ruin, disloyalty, selfishness and big-business propaganda!"
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (7% in)
  • It was the way he held her, the way he kissed her mouth that made her feel as if every step she had taken, every danger, every doubt, even her treason against him, if it was treason, all of it were giving her an exultant right to this moment.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (40% in)
  • It was the way he held her, the way he kissed her mouth that made her feel as if every step she had taken, every danger, every doubt, even her treason against him, if it was treason, all of it were giving her an exultant right to this moment.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (40% in)

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