to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty:
Benedict Arnold betrayed his country.
to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling:
to betray a trust.
to disappoint the hopes or expectations of; be disloyal to:
to betray one’s friends.
to reveal or disclose in violation of confidence:
to betray a secret.
to reveal unconsciously (something one would preferably conceal):
Her nervousness betrays her insecurity.
to show or exhibit; reveal; disclose:
an unfeeling remark that betrays his lack of concern.
to deceive, misguide, or corrupt:
a young lawyer betrayed by political ambitions into irreparable folly.
to seduce and desert.
Doom Castle Neil Munro
Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
Much Darker Days Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
The World’s Greatest Books, Vol. I Various
The Long Roll Mary Johnston
The Quiver, 2/1900 Various
My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
to aid an enemy of (one’s nation, friend, etc); be a traitor to: to betray one’s country
to hand over or expose (one’s nation, friend, etc) treacherously to an enemy
to disclose (a secret, confidence, etc) treacherously
to break (a promise) or be disloyal to (a person’s trust)
to disappoint the expectations of; fail: his tired legs betrayed him
to show signs of; indicate: if one taps china, the sound betrays any faults
to reveal unintentionally: his grin betrayed his satisfaction
betray oneself, to reveal one’s true character, intentions, etc
to lead astray; deceive
(euphemistic) to seduce and then forsake (a woman)
the act or state of being betrothed; engagement. Contemporary Examples Is Prince Harry Going to Get Engaged? Tom Sykes August 27, 2013 Historical Examples Every Girl’s Library, Volume 8 of 10 Various Floyd Grandon’s Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward The Story of Rouen Sir Theodore Andrea Cook Prince Fortunatus William […]
the act or state of being betrothed; engagement. Historical Examples Rodman the Keeper Constance Fenimore Woolson The Boy with Wings Berta Ruck Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern Edgar Saltus The Golden Lion of Granpere Anthony Trollope At Last Marion Harland Pioneers of the Old Southwest Constance Lindsay Skinner Historia Amoris: A […]
engaged to be married: She is betrothed to that young lieutenant. the person to whom one is engaged: He introduced us to his betrothed. to arrange for the marriage of; affiance (usually used in passive constructions): The couple was betrothed with the approval of both families. Archaic. to promise to marry. Contemporary Examples Best ‘Game […]
the act or state of being betrothed; engagement. Historical Examples The Story of an African Farm (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner Floyd Grandon’s Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas The Devil’s Elixir E. T. A. Hoffmann Septimius Felton Nathaniel Hawthorne English Men of Letters: Coleridge H. D. Traill Belford’s Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889 Various […]