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Definitions of betray

  1. be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage; " She cheats on her husband"; " Might her husband be wandering?"
  2. give away information about somebody; " He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"
  3. cause someone to believe an untruth; " The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house"
  4. reveal unintentionally; " Her smile betrayed her true feelings"
  5. disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake; " His sense of smell failed him this time"; " His strength finally failed him"; " His children failed him in the crisis"
  6. deliver to an enemy by treachery; " Judas sold Jesus"; " The spy betrayed his country"
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. To violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or that which one is bound in honor not to make known.
  10. To disclose or discover, as something which prudence would conceal; to reveal unintentionally.
  11. To mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen to lead into error or sin.
  12. To lead astray, as a maiden; to seduce ( as under promise of marriage) and then abandon.
  13. Betrayal.
  14. To show or to indicate; - said of what is not obvious at first, or would otherwise be concealed.
  15. To give over into the hands of an enemy by treachery; as, Judas betrayed his Master for thirty pieces of silver; to fail to be true to through fraud or unfaithfulness; as, to betray a trust; to disclose, as a secret; to deceive; to indicate or show; as, his manner betrays uneasiness.
  16. Betrayal, betrayer.
  17. Betrayed.
  18. Betraying.
  19. To give up treacherously: to disclose in breach of trust: to discover or show.
  20. To deliver up treacherously; disclose in breach of trust; entrap; reveal.
  21. To deliver up or disclose treacherously; lead astray; seduce.
  22. To reveal unintentionally; show signs of.
  23. Betrayer.
  24. To deliver into the hands of an enemy by treachery or breach of trust; to prove unfaithful to, as a trust; to disclose treacherously what has been instrusted for secrecy; to expose to injury by violation of confidence; to deceive; to mislead; to discover; to show.
  25. To give into the hands of an enemy by treachery; to be unfaithful to a friend; to violate trust or confidence; to mislead; to entrap.
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Quotes of betray

  1. There is nothing less to our credit than our neglect of the foreigner and his children, unless it be the arrogance most of us betray when we set out to "Americanize" him. – Charles Horton Cooley
  2. Money and corruption are ruining the land, crooked politicians betray the working man, pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep, and we're tired of hearing promises that we know they'll never keep. – Ray Davies
  3. I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. – E. M. Forster
  4. If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. – E. M. Forster
  5. We would betray Mexicans' hopes for change if we felt satisfied with what we've accomplished so far. – Vicente Fox
  6. In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate. – Charles de Gaulle
  7. The scenarios of biological or chemical warfare painted in detail by the American media during the months after September 11 only betray the inability of the government to determine the magnitude of the danger. – Jurgen Habermas
  8. A fraudulent intent, however carefully concealed at the outset, will generally, in the end, betray itself. – Titus Livius
  9. If fans are going to turn on me because of this, they weren't my fans anyway. I couldn't betray a whole 25 years of record making and not do this. I had to. – John Mellencamp
  10. The public weal requires that men should betray and lie, and massacre. – Michel de Montaigne
  11. Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee. – William Penn
  12. To betray you must first belong. – Kim Philby
  13. When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself. – Isaac Bashevis Singer
  14. Nature never did betray the heart that loved her. – William Wordsworth

Usage examples for betray

  1. But he doubted if the Indians would betray his friendship. – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  2. If he were not really in danger, or even if he were, why should she betray her feeling before this woman? – The Claverings by Anthony Trollope
  3. Hold, Sir, put out the Light, it may betray us else. – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  4. Time, or name, or place, I cannot tell thee, lest I betray him, said the old man, Neither is necessary to thy tale. – Darrel of the Blessed Isles by Irving Bacheller
  5. Would they betray us and never return? – An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet by A. Henry Savage Landor
  6. He would not betray the fact that he believed something was wrong. – Children of the Desert by Louis Dodge
  7. But a man who will betray a trust is capable of breaking his word to me. – Frank's Campaign or the Farm and the Camp by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  8. I felt my heart sink and dreaded lest I should betray my feelings. –  by
  9. I won't betray Kathleen O'Hara." – The Rebel of the School by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  10. The housekeeper had not meant to betray herself. – Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery by Joan Clark
  11. She said gently: " Listen; I've come all this way looking for Pierre, but not to harm him or to betray him, I'm his friend. – Riders of the Silences by Max Brand
  12. She must not betray her father. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  13. Tom took Mary in his arms and- But I refuse to betray any secrets. – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  14. You are my own sister, and you must not betray me. – Girls of the Forest by L. T. Meade
  15. To lie and betray came natural to the man I knew. – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  16. Does he think I could betray him for any one else? – Plays A Protégée of the Mistress; Poverty Is No Crime; Sin and Sorrow Are Common to All; It's a Family Affair--We'll Settle It Ourselves by Alexander Ostrovsky
  17. Will you betray us? – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  18. But, at the time that this offer came, Jan was waiting on his foster mother, and he refused to betray Abel's trust. – Jan of the Windmill by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  19. If you choose to betray me I must take the consequence. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. Why do you betray your own side? – The Chouans by Honore de Balzac

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