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 for Betraying
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Betray \Be*tray"\ (b[-e]*tr[=a]"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Betrayed (-tr[=a]d"); p. pr. & vb. n. Betraying.] [OE.
     betraien, bitraien; pref. be- + OF. tra["i]r to betray, F.
     trahir, fr. L. tradere. See Traitor.]
     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.
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              Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be
              betrayed into the hands of men.       --Matt. xvii.
                                                    22.
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     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.
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              But when I rise, I shall find my legs betraying me.
                                                    --Johnson.
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     3. To violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or
        that which one is bound in honor not to make known.
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              Willing to serve or betray any government for hire.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     4. To disclose or discover, as something which prudence would
        conceal; to reveal unintentionally.
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              Be swift to hear, but cautious of your tongue, lest
              you betray your ignorance.            --T. Watts.
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     5. To mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen to
        lead into error or sin.
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              Genius . . . often betrays itself into great errors.
                                                    --T. Watts.
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     6. To lead astray, as a maiden; to seduce (as under promise
        of marriage) and then abandon.
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     7. To show or to indicate; -- said of what is not obvious at
        first, or would otherwise be concealed.
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              All the names in the country betray great antiquity.
                                                    --Bryant.
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