betray

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v betray give away information about somebody "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"
    • v betray cause someone to believe an untruth "The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house"
    • v betray reveal unintentionally "Her smile betrayed her true feelings"
    • v betray 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"
    • v betray deliver to an enemy by treachery "Judas sold Jesus","The spy betrayed his country"
    • v betray be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage "She cheats on her husband","Might her husband be wandering?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Betray 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. "Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men."
    • Betray To disclose or discover, as something which prudence would conceal; to reveal unintentionally. "Be swift to hear, but cautious of your tongue, lest you betray your ignorance."
    • Betray To lead astray, as a maiden; to seduce (as under promise of marriage) and then abandon.
    • Betray To mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen to lead into error or sin. "Genius . . . often betrays itself into great errors."
    • Betray 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. "But when I rise, I shall find my legs betraying me."
    • Betray To show or to indicate; -- said of what is not obvious at first, or would otherwise be concealed. "All the names in the country betray great antiquity."
    • Betray To violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or that which one is bound in honor not to make known. "Willing to serve or betray any government for hire."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • betray To deliver to, or expose to the power of, an enemy by treachery or disloyalty: as, an officer betrayed the city.
    • betray To violate by fraud or unfaithfulness; be unfaithful in keeping or upholding: as, to betray a trust.
    • betray To act treacherously to; be disloyal to; disappoint the hopes or expectations of.
    • betray To deceive; beguile; mislead; seduce.
    • betray To reveal or disclose in violation of confidence; make known through breach of faith or obligation: as, to betray a person's secrets or designs.
    • betray To show in true character; allow to be seen; permit to appear in spite of will or desire.
    • betray To indicate; give indication or evidence of: said of something not obvious at first view, or that would otherwise be concealed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Betray be-trā′ to give up treacherously: to disclose in breach of trust: to let go basely or weakly: to deceive the innocent and trustful, to seduce: to discover or show: to show signs of
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Quotations

  • Lord Chesterfield
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    “To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.”
  • Publilius Syrus
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    “To take refuge with an inferior is to betray one's self.”
  • Edward M. Forster
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    “If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.”
  • Edmond and Jules De Goncourt
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    “Man is a mind betrayed, not served, by his organs.”
  • William Penn
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    “Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.”
  • Greil Marcus
    Greil Marcus
    “No failure in America, whether of love or money, is ever simple; it is always a kind of betrayal, of a mass of shadowy, shared hopes.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. betraien, bitraien,; pref. be-, + OF. traïr, to betray, F. trahir, fr. L. tradere,. See Traitor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pfx. be-, and O. Fr. traïr (Fr. trahir)—L. tradĕre, to deliver up.

Usage

In literature:

He would betray you; he would betray his own brother.
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
You had bidden me take care not to betray myself, but I knew that Time had done his work.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Or shall I basely betray that love which is proffered me, and embitter fair Noradin's future cup of life?
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
He betrays a country.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
If it were left to Olive to tell, Claire's face might betray her heart, perhaps.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
To betray intense emotion might convince Varro of her love for the ill-fated man.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
Miranda, the apostle of liberty, betrayed by his own people, died, alone and naked, in a dungeon.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Certainly, in spite of Sheila's remark about Dakota being a "brute," she had betrayed evidence of admiration for the man.
"The Trail to Yesterday" by Charles Alden Seltzer
One is impotent before such betrayal.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
Teach Bruennhilde to break her own heart that she may shatter the one who betrayed her!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
If he is guilty he'll betray himself sooner or later.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
I have been robbed, plundered, ruined, betrayed, by the monstrous thing that bears the name of British Justice.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
This oath Arellanos took, and his death of course prevented him from betraying it.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
If the Creole noticed their repugnance, he betrayed no sign of it.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
But her countenance betrays that she is no statue.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Beyond a slight sparkle of his eye the lad betrayed no sign of ever having seen her before.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
In so far as Boriskoff betrayed intense emotion before them, it may be that they despised him.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
His enemy had betrayed him.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
It would have been a betrayal of confidence.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
The lad's own face and words betrayed him when he was shown the pocket-book and the broken box.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
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In poetry:

"Shall I, a king's daughter,
Betray my race?"
Jezebel, the proud queen,
Painted her face.
"Jezebel" by Ethel Clifford
Whence
A brief two centuries have been betrayed:
You made that gesture, so I which he then made
Who mocked me
"Each Man Is Each" by E J Rupert Atkinson
For many a tempting turn he took
To be betrayed by Sin.
How oft he fell he wept to tell,
Yet dared to hope to win.
"The Very Last" by John Joy Bell
But now, for trust mayhap betrayed
Or pride too loosely checked,
The Silent Oracles evade
Our questions too direct.
"Evensong" by Bernard O Dowd
Nor that I meane, henceforth
This strange will to professe:
I never will betray such trust
And fall to ficklenesse.
"A Fancy" by Edward Dyer
Still stood the proud sher-iff,
A sorry man was he:
"Wo worth thee, Raynold Greenleaf!
Thou hast now betray-ed me."
"Robin Hood" by Henry Morley

In news:

Lott Blames 2002 Plight on Frist 's 'Betrayal'.
Carl is now free from the body that betrayed him.
Jack Beatty, the author of Age of Betrayal, talks about the poverty, inequality, and corrupt politics that marred America's past and set us on a course toward today.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. A story of betrayal and fraud involving an elderly man and the younger woman he met online.
Supporters of cancer-scam suspect feel 'heartbroken,' 'betrayed'.
Supporters of cancer-scam suspect feel ' heartbroken ,' 'betrayed'.
Though Mathieu betrayed some honey-badger fatigue—"I do have a real name," he said—he said he recognizes that fans love it.
THE people of Congo—arguably, the world's biggest disaster zone—are used to being betrayed, but they are not yet beaten.
Huntington Doesn't Betray 'Betrayal.
Alan Cox and Gretchen Egolf in "Betrayal" at the Huntington Theatre.
BOSTON — Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" is one of those plays that seems to change depending on actors, director, or who knows, maybe even the time or circumstances of one's life.
I'm talking about gay men who end up working for the Republican Party that ultimately betrays them, of course.
Barlett and James B Steele's look at the betrayal of the American dream is essential reading to anyone trying to make sense of the U.S'.
The illuminating 'Betrayal of the American Dream'.
'The Betrayal of the American Dream' by authors Donald L Barlett and James B Steele.
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In science:

Only the simplicity of two of the five functions ν, λ, ρ, p, q betrays where was the starting point.
Static charged perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
This disk is highly inclined to the rotational axis and betrays its existence every half rotation cycle as one of two opposing sectors pass in front of the star.
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
Large radio luminosities indicate the presence of a supermassive black hole, while deep near-IR observations betray large stellar masses, making HzRGs amongst the most massive known baryonic systems in the distant Universe (e.g.
Wide-field mid-infrared and millimetre imaging of the high-redshift radio galaxy, 4C41.17
Regardless of the precise physical mechanism, magnetic fields should betray their presence through the generation o f magnetic activity in the stellar atmosphere.
Reevaluating the Mass-Radius Relation for Low-Mass, Main Sequence Stars
Their presence is betrayed by the fact that weak and strong coupling regimes lie along bands (pink lines) roughly parallel to the DQD resonances (green lines).
Gigahertz quantized charge pumping in graphene quantum dots
There is not a clear, consensual meaning that reveals the full depth of any of them, and our words easily betray us.
On the Nature of Reality
The construction in the counter-example betrays the same confusion which underlies the erroneous interpretation of d .
On the Foundations of Quantum Key Distribution - Reply to Renner and Beyond
The degree of isolation of those degrees of freedom will depend on the leakage of information - from the cell to its environment – that would betray the positions of the particles involved.
Comment on Book Review of `Quantum Evolution' (Johnjoe McFadden) by Mathew J. Donald
Remarkably, this conclusion does not depend on microscopic properties of matter and thus betrays a fundamental aspect of nature.
Adventures in de Sitter space
Any significant difference in the number of single counts recorded when ϕA = 0 and ϕA = π/4 would betray Eve’s attempt to bias the sample through a biasedsample attack on the threshold detectors.
A Fair Sampling Test for Ekert Protocol
Nash takes this example and provides a feasible solution, he states that in an enclosed game (where there's no outside influence) between two players, where each player is making the most rational choice, when the game reaches a unpredictable decision point the best move to take is to betray the opponent.
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?
This might sound strange at first but a closer look gives an interesting outcome, now say the prisoner betrays the rich guy in our older example, in the worst case which would be that the rich guy betrays him as well, he gets to keep his diamond, however in the best case he gets to keep the money and the diamond.
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?
So it turns out that the best thing for each player to do is defined by Nash's equilibrium, that is to betray the other player.
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?
No player trusts the other one and as the number of players increase, so do the chances of betrayal.
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?
The impact of this concern is unclear (an IdP that betrays the trust of user is soon out of business), but a fix to prevent this scenario is not difficult to implement (see section 4.1).
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management
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