traitor

A traitor says one thing but does another. If you promise a friend you'll keep his secret, but instead you blab it to everyone, you're a traitor.

The word origin says it all: traditorem is the Latin word for "betrayer." Liar? Yes. Backstabber? Yes. True friend? Heavens, no. Traitors betray the trust of those who have faith in them or believe their promises. Traitor also applies to a person who betrays his country by committing treason: turning against his own government, perhaps by selling secret information.

Definitions of traitor
  1. noun
    a person who says one thing and does another
    synonyms: betrayer, double-crosser, double-dealer, two-timer
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    types:
    Judas
    someone who betrays under the guise of friendship
    type of:
    beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker, trickster
    someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
  2. noun
    someone who betrays his country by committing treason
    synonyms: treasonist
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    examples:
    Benedict Arnold
    United States general and traitor in the American Revolution; in 1780 his plan to surrender West Point to the British was foiled (1741-1801)
    types:
    collaborationist, collaborator, quisling
    someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force
    fifth columnist, saboteur
    a member of a clandestine subversive organization who tries to help a potential invader
    traitress
    female traitor
    type of:
    criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw
    someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
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