treason
trea·son /'trēz-ən/ n [Anglo-French treison crime of violence against a person to whom allegiance is owed, literally, betrayal, from Old French traïson, from traïr to betray, from Latin tradere to hand over, surrender]: the offense of attempting to overthrow the government of one's country or of assisting its enemies in war; specif: the act of levying war against the United States or adhering to or giving aid and comfort to its enemies by one who owes it allegiance
trea·son·ous /-əs/ adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

treason
I noun betrayal, betrayal of a trust, breach of allegiance, breach of faith, disloyalty, infidelity, insurgence, insurrection, maiestas, mutiny, perfidia, perfidy, rebellion, rebellion against the government, revolt, revolution, sedition, subversion, treachery, violation of allegiance foreign phrases:
- Felonia implicatur in qualibet proditione. — Felony is implied in every treason.
- Reus laesae majestatis punitur ut pereat unus ne pereant omnes. — A traitor is punished that one may die lest all perish.
- Crimen laesae majestatis omnia alia crimina excedit quoad poenam. — The crime of high treason exceeds all other crimes in its punishment.
- In aita proditione nullus potest esse accessorius sed principalis solummodo. — In high treason each one is a principal
- Qui molitur insidias in patriam id facit quod insanus nauta perforans navem in qua vehitur. — He who betrays his country is like the insane sailor who bores a hole in the ship which carries him.
II index disloyalty, infidelity, mutiny, rebellion, sedition

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


treason
n.
The act of betraying one’s country, such as by aiding an enemy of the state or plotting to overthrow the government.
adj.
treasonous

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


treason
a breach of the allegiance owed to the Crown. It cannot be committed unless the person concerned is a child of a British father or is under the protection of the Crown as by having a British passport. Naturalisation as a citizen of another state is not sufficient to elide liability. The location of the traitor is not relevant as where Lord Haw Haw broadcast demoralising propaganda from Germany to the UK: R v . Casement [1917] 1 KB 98. A wider offence of treachery under the Treachery Act 1940 applied for the Second World War and a good time thereafter. By the Treason Act 1708 the English law was applied to Scotland.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


treason
The crime of betraying one's country. Treason requires overt acts and includes attempts to make war against the state, sharing government secrets with other countries, espionage, or materially supporting the enemies of one's country.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


treason
n. An attempt to overthrow the government of the state or nation to which one owes allegiance, by making war against that government or by giving material support to the enemies of that government. In order to be convicted of treason, a person must confess in open court or there must be testimony to overt acts by two witnesses.
See also sedition.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


treason
The betrayal of one's own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


treason
The betrayal of one's own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

treason
n.
   the crime of betraying one's country, defined in Article III, section 3 of the U.S. Constitution: "Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort." Treason requires overt acts and includes the giving of government security secrets to other countries, even if friendly, when the information could harm American security. Treason can include revealing to an antagonistic country secrets such as the design of a bomber being built by a private company for the Defense Department. Treason may include "espionage" (spying for a foreign power or doing damage to the operation of the government and its agencies, particularly those involved in security) but is separate and worse than "sedition," which involves a conspiracy to upset the operation of the government.
   See also: espionage, sedition

Law dictionary. . 2013.

Synonyms:
(to a sovereign or a Government), , ,


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