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traitor (ˈtreɪtə Pronunciation for traitor



  1. a person who is guilty of treason or treachery, in betraying friends, country, a cause or trust, etc

Derived Forms

ˈtraitorous adjective
ˈtraitorously adverb
ˈtraitorˌship noun
ˈtraitress feminine noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French traitour, from Latin trāditor traditor


View thesaurus entry
= betrayer, deserter, turncoat, deceiver, informer, renegade, defector, Judas, double-crosser, quisling, apostate, miscreant, fifth columnist, snake in the grass, back-stabber, fizgig,

Translations for 'traitor'

  • British English: traitor A traitor is someone who harms a group that they belong to by helping its enemies. NOUNSome say he's a traitor to the movement.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: traidor traidora
  • Chinese: 背叛者
  • European Spanish: traidor traidora
  • French: traître
  • German: Verräter Verräterin
  • Italian: traditore traditrice
  • Japanese: 裏切り者
  • Korean: 배신자
  • Portuguese: traidor traidora
  • Spanish: traidor traidora

Example Sentences Including 'traitor'

A. We have to eliminate Rajan because he is not only a traitor but is trying to become a patriot.
India Today
Hell, I may not be much of a patriot but at least I'm not a traitor.
MacNeill, Alastair The Devil's Door
However, some parents had complained to the governors of the school about the presence of a traitor.
Irish Times (2002)
I knew she couldn't, yet the little traitor voice in my head kept saying, `You don't know that.
Val McDermid KICK BACK (2002)
Indeed, there were calls for him to be executed as a traitor or a revolutionary by both Kanaks and French.
Misc (1999)
She was kept afloat, consumed with feelings of resentment and indignation and raging against Robin, who she saw as a monstrous traitor.
Virginia Ironside JANEY AND ME: Growing up with my Mother (2003)
The only evidence came from the remarks of a self-confessed and now executed traitor in a pretty wild letter.
Townsend, Eileen In Love and War


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