noun(also high treason)
- The security laws ban treason, sedition, subversion and the theft of state secrets.
- Military officials initially told the press that he might face charges of espionage and sedition, even treason.
- He said that his lawyer advised him to leave Kenya as it was rumoured that he would soon be charged with sedition and treason.
- Our ways of saying ‘I’ and ‘me’ and ‘my’ express our ultimate treasons and devotions.
- God defend your Church from the treasons of men.
- African-Americans, it is cynically assumed, will remain loyal to the Democrats regardless of the treasons committed against them.
- A wife who killed her husband did not commit murder - she committed the far worse crime of petty treason.
- Ms Pritchard, my recollection is that a woman charged with murdering her husband, at one stage of the common law, was charged with petty treason and it was heard by a jury of 24.
- One newspaper said he looked like a horrid wretch, ‘fit evidently for petty treason.’
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French treisoun, from Latin traditio(n-) 'handing over', from the verb tradere.
Formerly, there were two types of crime to which the term treason was applied: petty treason (the crime of murdering one’s master) and high treason (the crime of betraying one’s country). As a classification of offense, the crime of petty treason was abolished in 1828. In modern use, the term high treason is now often simply called treason.