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traitornoun [C]

uk   /ˈtreɪ.tər/  us   /ˈtreɪ.t̬ɚ/ disapproving
a ​person who is not ​loyal or ​stops being ​loyal to ​their own ​country, ​socialclass, ​beliefs, etc.: The ​leaders of the ​rebellion were ​hanged as traitors. The ​ChineseCommunist Party branded (= called) Mr Gorbachev "a traitor tosocialism".
traitorous
adjective uk   /ˈtreɪ.tər.əs/  us   /ˈtreɪ.t̬ɚ.əs/ formal disapproving
(Definition of traitor from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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traitornoun [C]

 us   /ˈtreɪ·t̬ər/
a ​person who gives away or ​sellssecrets of his or her ​country, or someone who is not ​loyal to ​particularbeliefs or ​friends: Benedict Arnold was a traitor during the American ​Revolution. Opponents called the ​mayor "a traitor to the ​cause."
(Definition of traitor from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “traitor”
in Korean 반역자…
in Arabic خائن…
in Malaysian pengkhianat…
in French traître, traîtresse…
in Russian предатель…
in Chinese (Traditional) 背叛者,叛徒, 賣國賊…
in Italian traditore, -trice…
in Turkish hain, vatan haini…
in Polish zdraj-ca/czyni…
in Spanish traidor…
in Vietnamese kẻ phản bội…
in Portuguese traidor, -ora…
in Thai ผู้ทรยศ…
in German der/die Verräter(in)…
in Catalan traïdor, -a…
in Japanese 裏切り者, 内通者…
in Chinese (Simplified) 背叛者,叛徒, 卖国贼…
in Indonesian pengkhianat…
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