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Definition of Betray

Betray

  1. To deliver into the hands of an enemy by treachery or fraud, in violation of trust; to give up treacherously or faithlessly; as, an officer betrayed the city.
  2. To prove faithless or treacherous to, as to a trust or one who trusts; to be false to; to deceive; as, to betray a person or a cause.
  3. To violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or that which one is bound in honor not to make known.
  4. To disclose or discover, as something which prudence would conceal; to reveal unintentionally.
  5. To mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen to lead into error or sin.
  6. To lead astray, as a maiden; to seduce (as under promise of marriage) and then abandon.
  7. To show or to indicate; -- said of what is not obvious at first, or would otherwise be concealed.

Betray Quotations

Money and corruption are ruining the land, crooked politicians betray the working man, pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep, and we're tired of hearing promises that we know they'll never keep.
Ray Davies

Waking up every day and loving someone who may or may not love us back, whose safety we can't ensure, who may stay in our lives or may leave without a moment's notice, who may be loyal to the day they die or betray us tomorrow - that's vulnerability.
Brene Brown

I treat everyone as a friend, but if they betray me, that's it. They're out of my life in one way or another.
Michael Rosenbaum

Some people are willing to betray years of friendship just to get a little bit of the spotlight.
Lauren Conrad

But we're born as children and we look at the world with open eyes... And we don't judge and we don't betray. We're not jealous. We're not envious. We're not even weary, which is a danger also as kids. They have to learn a certain amount of awareness.
Colin Farrell
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Betray Translations

betray in Dutch is in de steek laten, laten merken
betray in French is trahis, trahir, trahissent, trahissez, trahissons
betray in Italian is tradire
betray in Latin is prodo
betray in Spanish is traicionar