Traditor

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Traditor (Eccl. Hist) A deliverer; -- a name of infamy given to Christians who delivered the Scriptures, or the goods of the church, to their persecutors to save their lives.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n traditor One of those early Christians who, in time of persecution, gave up to the officers of the law the Scriptures, or any of the holy vessels, or the names of their brethren.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Traditor trad′i-tor one of those early Christians who under persecution gave up copies of the Scriptures, the sacred vessels, or the names of their fellow-Christians.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. tradere, traditum,. See Traitor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—tradĕre; to give up.

Usage

In poetry:

Ei non se ne accorgeva.
--Celiando, il giovinetto
Quel cranio traditore--copri col suo berretto,
E disse:
"Affeddidio!--Questo tuo cranio vuole
"Col suo sfarzo di luce--comprometter tre gole!"
"Mastro Spaghi" by Ferdinando Fontana