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Treason, 1) any perfidy; insidious and deceitful practice, or breach of fidelity: “thus t. works ere traitors be espied,” Lucr. 361. (night) “whispering conspirator with close-tongued t. and the ravisher,” Lucr. 361 “'tis thou that executest the traitor's t.” Lucr. 361 “wrath, envy, t., rape,” Lucr. 361 Lucr. 361 “I do betray my nobler part to my gross body's t.” Sonn. 151, 6. Tp. II, 1, 160. Ado III, 3, 113. LLL IV, 3, 190. LLL IV, 3, 190 Merch. III, 2. Merch. III, 2 Merch. III, 2 V, 85. All's IV, 3, 26. H5 IV, 1, 245. H6A III, 2, 36. IV, 1, 74. V, 3, 189. V, 4, 109. H6B III, 1, 54. H6C V, 2, 18. Troil. II, 2, 150 (to) etc.
2) a crime committed against the safety or dignity of the state or king: As I, 3, 63. R2 II, 3, 109. H4B IV, 2, 123. H5 II Chor. H5 II Chor. II, 2, 119 “(do).” H6A II, 4, 91. H6A II, 4, 91 H6A II, 4, 91 H6B I, 3, 180. II, 3, 97. III, 1, 169. III, 1, 169 IV, 6, 6. H8 I, 2, 7. Cymb. V, 5, 345 etc. With “to:” H6B III, 1, 70. H6B III, 1, 70 “capital t.” R2 IV, 151. H4B IV, 2, 109. H6B V, 1, 107. high t. (a crime that immediately affects the king): Wint. III, 2, 14. R2 I, 1, 27. H4B IV, 2, 107. H5 II, 2, 145. H5 II, 2, 145 H5 II, 2, 145 H6B I, 3, 185. III, 1, 97. H8 I, 1, 201. II, 1, 27. Figuratively: “till forging nature be condemned of t. for stealing moulds from heaven that were divine,” Ven. 729. by their (the eyes') “high t. is his heart misled,” Lucr. 369. “flat t. 'gainst the kingly state of youth,” LLL IV, 3, 293.
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