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Definition of the verb betray

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verb - inflections: betrayed | betraying | betrays

  1. reveal unintentionally
  2. deliver to an enemy by treachery
    • examples: The spy betrayed his country | Sam cannot betray Sue
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of betray: sell
    • more generic terms: cozen / deceive / delude / lead on = be false to
    • more specific term: double cross = betray by double-dealing
  3. disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • synonym of betray: fail
    • more generic terms: disappoint / let down = fail to meet the hopes or expectations of
  4. be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage
  5. give away information about somebody
  6. cause someone to believe an untruth

Alternative definition of the verb betray


  1. To deliver into the hands of an enemy by treachery or fraud, in violation of trust; to give up treacherously or faithlessly; as, an officer betrayed the city.
  2. To prove faithless or treacherous to, as to a trust or one who trusts; to be false to; to deceive; as, to betray a person or a cause.
  3. To violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or that which one is bound in honor not to make known.
  4. To disclose or discover, as something which prudence would conceal; to reveal unintentionally.
  5. To mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen to lead into error or sin.
  6. To lead astray, as a maiden; to seduce (as under promise of marriage) and then abandon.
  7. To show or to indicate; -- said of what is not obvious at first, or would otherwise be concealed.

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Google previewKey to the parsing exercises contained in Lindley Murray's Grammatical Exercises and in his Abridgment of English Grammar. ... With notes (1821)

by J. HARVEY (of Halesworth.)

betray is a reg. v. act. ind, mood, pre, tense, 3rd per plu. num. agreeing with its nom. case pleasures. Rule 1. and being in the same mood and tense as ...

Google previewThe Gospel According to Matthew (1992)

by Leon Morris

The verb betray is that used of Judas in verse 4 and repeated in verses 17 and 19; the failure of people to be loyal is emphasized, while to death indicates a situation of the utmost seriousness. Jesus is not referring to minor troubles that can ...

Google previewDay's Collacon: an Encyclopaedia of Prose Quotations (1884)

Consisting of Beautiful Thoughts, Choice Extracts and Sayings, of the Most Eminent Writers of All Nations, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time, Together with a Comprehensive Biographical Index of Authors, and an Alphabetical List of Subjects Quoted

Alluring to betray is an act of perfidy that merits death. Cicero. There are no greater exactors of faith than the perfidious. Sir E. Atkyns. The holiest men hi show often prove most perfidious in heart. Plotinus. Some things have a natural deformity ...

Google previewRandom House Webster's American Sign Language Dictionary (2008)

by Elaine Costello

betray' v.

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

BETRAY-BETTERTON. of various species The European is B. officinalis, family Labiatae, medicinal. The Wood Betony of N. Amer. is Pedicularis Canadensis, family Scrophulariaceae. BETRAY. v. bé-tra' [Ger. betrügen, to deceive: AS. be; OF..

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Human Geography (2009)

A 12-Volume Set

Ifboth betray each other theyboth get5 years in goal. There are a number ofaspects ofthisgame thatare deemedimportant. Itis a nonzerosum game. Zerosum gamesare where one person's gain isthe other person's loss. In this game thereare ...

Google previewEtymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of Difficult Words (1882)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Betray', betrayed' (2 syL), ...

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When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself. (Isaac Bashevis Singer)
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Scrabble value of B3E1T1R1A1Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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