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betray

Synonyms of betray in English:

verb

  • 1 I trusted them and they betrayed me
    break one's promise to, be disloyal to, be unfaithful to, break faith with, play someone false, fail, let down;
    inform on/against, give away, denounce, sell out, stab someone in the back, be a Judas to, give someone a Judas kiss, bite the hand that feeds one;
    English Law turn Queen's/King's evidence
    informal split on, blow the whistle on, rat on, peach on, stitch up, do the dirty on, sell down the river, squeal on, squeak on
    British informal grass on, shop, sneak on
    North American informal rat out, drop a/the dime on, finger, job
    Australian/New Zealand informal dob on, pimp on, pool, shelf, put someone's pot on, point the bone at
    rare delate
    [Antonyms] be loyal to
  • 2 she hoped her face didn't betray her feelings
    reveal, disclose, divulge, give away, leak, lay bare, make known, uncover, unmask, expose, bring out into the open, tell;
    informal blab, spill
    archaic discover
    [Antonyms] conceal, hide
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    Pronunciation: ˈɔːθəʊɛpi
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