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Unfortunately, the word we need to consider today is treason. Here is your friendly word nerd’s definition:


  1. A betrayal of trust or confidence, as among friends.
  2. Also high treason A betrayal of allegiance to one’s country, its sovereign (in a monarchy), or its fundamental institutions of democracy and of government (in a democracy or democratic republic), as by
    1. Overthrowing or attempting to overthrow the government or its institutions;
    2. Killing, committing violence against, or attempting to kill or commit violence against the representatives of the government or its fundamental institutions, or their families; or
    3. Collaborating or attempting to collaborate with the enemies of one’s country, whether in time of war or of peace.