betray betray  /bɪ ˈtreɪ/


  1. (v) reveal unintentionally
  2. (v) deliver to an enemy by treachery
  3. (v) disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
  4. (v) be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage
  5. (v) give away information about somebody
  6. (v) cause someone to believe an untruth


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  1. You could argue that since the verb betray and the noun traitor have the same root, the ad is accusing the head of American forces in Iraq of treason.
  2. No less than Henry James, Allen is judgmental of Americans abroad they betray a sexual navet when exposed to a society so much more practiced in the art of gracious loving.
  3. By issuing subpoenas that required reporters to betray their sources, Fitzgerald created the showdown.


  1. Robert Redford Calls on President to Fight Climate Change Now with Limits on Power Plant Carbon Pollution

    WASHINGTON, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a new multimedia campaign, Robert Redford is challenging President Obama to act now on climate change by reining in carbon pollution from the nation's biggest source, coal-fired power plants."Four months ago, President Obama spoke of our obligation to combat climate change, saying failure to do so would betray our children and future ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! News

  2. Making treason cool

    Forget skinny ties and retro hats: The surest way to attain super-cool status (and fame) today is to betray your country. The impossibly self-important NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, who “exposed” two vital intelligence programs, isn’t a leftie Paul Revere. He’s Kim Kardashian with stubble. He revealed very highly...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: New York Post


  1. "It is difficult for me to understand how it was possible that priests betray in this way their mission...... to these children," the Pope said en-route to the United States. "I am deeply ashamed and we will do what is possible so this cannot...
    on Apr 16, 2008 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: Scopical

  2. "Students trust their university's athletic departments because so much of campus life at Division I schools centers around supporting the home team," said Cuomo. "To betray this trust by promoting loans in exchange for money is a serious...
    on Aug 1, 2007 By: Andrew Cuomo Source: Marketplace (blog)

  3. "At no time have I ever done anything to betray the public trust nor make a decision which in any way would not be in the public interest or would favor anyone or any organization," said McCain.
    on Feb 21, 2008 By: John McCain Source: WRCB-TV

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