treachery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n treachery an act of deliberate betrayal
    • n treachery betrayal of a trust
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Treachery Violation of allegiance or of faith and confidence; treasonable or perfidious conduct; perfidy; treason. "Be ware, ye lords, of their treachery .""In the council chamber at Edinburgh, he had contracted a deep taint of treachery and corruption."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n treachery Violation of allegiance or of faith and confidence; treasonable or perfidious conduct; perfidy.
    • n treachery Synonyms See perfidious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Treachery trech′ėr-i faithlessness
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Quotations

  • Benjamin Franklin
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    “Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. trecherïe, trichere, OF. trecherie, tricherie, F. tricherie, trickery, from tricher, to cheat, to trick, OF. trichier, trechier,; probably of Teutonic origin. See Trickery Trick
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tricherietricher—Teut., Mid. High Ger. trechen, to draw. Trick is a doublet.

Usage

In literature:

Then Kark, who had all night been meditating treachery, killed him with a thrust of his knife.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
It is pleasant to be a minister in your country, with no fear of plots, of treachery, or assassination.
"At the Point of the Bayonet" by G. A. Henty
Woe be to that state Where treacherie guards, and ruine makes men great!
"Bussy D'Ambois and The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois" by George Chapman
He next pointed out the negligence, if not treachery, of Mr. Hay, who had the charge of the provisions.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745" by Mrs. Thomson
Egmont and Hoorn were the first victims of Alva's treachery.
"Heroes of Modern Europe" by Alice Birkhead
Then, having raised over the scene of this cruel treachery the symbol of the Prince of Peace, he set sail for France.
"French Pathfinders in North America" by William Henry Johnson
There must be treachery somewhere; but we'll soon find that out.
"Snarley-yow" by Frederick Marryat
The treachery of intimate friends more than counterbalanced all that could be achieved by well-meaning strangers.
"Immortal Memories" by Clement Shorter
It revealed treachery and might mean a trap.
"Plotting in Pirate Seas" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Bitterly were the Tripolitans punished for their treachery.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Treachery alone, he thought, could thwart him; and of treachery there was no sign.
"In Kings' Byways" by Stanley J. Weyman
I looked up at him, and felt reassured; there could be no treachery hidden behind that frank, open countenance.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
The present was a case in which delay was treachery; and he would not lose an hour.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Treachery did the work, as it has usually in bringing such bold and dangerous men to book.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
Treachery of the Savages.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Sten threatens to reveal his treachery against Magnus.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Not to have suspected ere this that his so-called loyalty to Caesar masks his treachery to us!
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Sagan's treachery passed by him in that moment of mad feeling.
"A Modern Mercenary" by Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
I tolerate no treachery.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
This bespoke treachery again.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
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In poetry:

I ask the name then of that isle,
Among the cluster plac'd,
Which was by cruelty, awhile
And treachery disgrac'd.
"Enigma XXVI." by Elizabeth Hitchener
"Forests have ears, and fields have eyes;
Often treachery lurking lies
Underneath the fairest hair!
Gudrun beware!"
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf VIII. -- Gudrun" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
'I told the treachery of your friend,
The story of your woe,
And sought his favour, when I saw
His tears begin to flow.
"A Tale" by John Logan
Close your eyes, your hands let be
Folded on your slumbering heart,
From whose hold all treachery
Drive forever, and all art.
"En Sourdine" by Paul Verlaine
They chased him near, they chased him far,
Because of his treachery,
And ever he just escaped their lust,
And ever they were nigh.
"The Ballad of Lost Souls" by John Oxenham
In temples by veiled treachery
Or open offence they conspire
To smite me; my every path they mark,
No safety would they afford me.
"Song III" by Mikolaj Sep Szarzynski

In news:

The arrival in theaters of the latest film adaptation of Alexandre Dumas père's durable tale of treachery and vengeance is a puzzling, somewhat anachronistic event.
ON both sides of the English channel the treachery made the front pages.
A filmmaker's murder is at the center of this ""multileveled tale of legal and criminal treachery,"" said PW.
RINO Treachery by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times more.
A story of teaching and treachery in Obama/Romney America.
Michael Biehn Leads Cast of ' Treachery '.
Swords, treachery rule on Sunday.
'Freedom's Cap': The Capitol dome, conceived in treachery .
RINO Treachery by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times more.
The treachery of the tea party.
Francoise Sagan became a sensation at 18 for writing "Bonjour Tristesse ," her mega-selling novel of a rich teenager's treachery toward her father's mistress.
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin.
Warden Sharon Stiles (CCH Pounder) and Emily (Emily VanCamp) in episode 8 of ' Revenge ': 'Treachery.
It's easy to see how evolution can account for the dark streaks in human nature—the violence, treachery, and cruelty.
Quantum of Solace, the James Bond film set for a November 7 New York release, is a story, like most Bond movies, of "treachery, murder, and deceit," according to the 007 website.
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