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He resolved to pretend to be dumb, and he charged Terence not to betray him.

His answer gave me a little start, but I did not betray myself.

Nay, that foot has no fellow in the wilderness; it will betray her.

If Heman felt any surprise at her knowledge of his purpose, he did not betray it.

I warned you how it would be,—your own selfishness will betray and ruin you.

Have I not confided to thee, and dost thou not desert me—nay, perhaps, betray?

He never remembered to have seen Hamish betray so much emotion.

Moreover, the light might betray her, as Jacob was dogging her steps more than ever.

She knit her brow for a second—but she did not betray an instant's indecision.

I did little think that the good Bishop would so betray his friends.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., bitrayen "mislead, deceive, betray," from be- + obsolete Middle English tray, from Old French traine "betrayal, deception, deceit," from trair (Modern French trahir) "betray, deceive," from Latin tradere "hand over," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + dare "to give" (see date (n.1)). Related: Betrayed; betraying.

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