Treachery

(redirected from treacheries)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.

Treachery

See also Treason.
Aaron
plots downfall of Titus. [Br. Lit.: Titus Andronicus]
Achitophel
traitorous Earl of Shaftesbury. [Br. Lit.: Absalom and Achitophel]
Agravain, Sir
traitorous with Modred against Arthur. [Br. Lit.: Le Morte d’Arthur]
Animal Farm
allegory in which the leader of the pigs turns their revolutionary cause of equality into a government of privilege for the “more equal”. [Br. Lit.: George Orwell Animal Farm]
Antenor
assigned to hell for actions defeating Troy. [Gk. Myth.: Avery, 106; Ital. Lit.: Dante, Inferno, Walsh Classical, 24]
Antonio
schemes against his brother Prospero. [Br. Lit.: The Tempest]
Ascalaphus
Hadean gardener; informs on Persephone, learning of her potential departure. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 33]
Baanah and Rechab
Ishbosheth’s captains decapitate him in bed. [O. T.: II Samuel 4:5–7]
Bellerophon letter
letter, given in pretended friendship, denounces bearer. [Folklore: Walsh Classical, 52]
Brutus, Decius
committed treachery against friend Caesar. [Br. Lit.: Julius Caesar]
Cantwell, Dr.
treacherous towards Lady Lambert; arrested as swindler. [Br. Lit.: The Hypocrite, Walsh Modern, 85–86]
Charrington, Mr.
antique-store keeper sets up lovers for captors. [Br. Lit.: 1984]
Chuzzlewit, Jonas
tries to poison father. [Br. Lit.: Martin Chuzzlewit]
Claudius
plotted to kill Hamlet’s father and marry his mother. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
cock crow
before third crowing, Peter thrice denies Christ. [N.T.: Matthew 26:34, 74–75]
Cortés, Hernando
(1485–1547) repaid Montezuma’s courtesy by murdering him. [Span. Hist.: EB, 5: 194–196]
David
orders Uriah to be exposed in battle so he may marry Uriah’s wife Bathsheba. [O.T.: II Samuel 11:6]
Delilah
divulged secret of Samson’s strength to Philistines. [O.T.: Judges 16:19–20]
Ephialtes
Greek betrayer of Spartans at Thermopylae. [Gk. Hist.: Kravitz, 89]
Ganelon
the Judas among Charlemagne’s paladins. [Fr. Lit.: Song of Roland; LLEI, I: 286; Ital. Lit.: Inferno; Br. Lit.: Canterbury Tales, “Nun’s Priest’s Tale”]
Iago
soldier discredits Desdemona’s fidelity. [Br. Lit.: Othello]
Joab
murders two fellow commanders; sides with usurper, Adonijah. [O.T.: I Kings 2:32]
Judas Iscariot
betrayer of Jesus. [N.T.: Matthew 26:14-16, 20–25, 47–56; 27:3–10]
Maskwell
cunning doublecrosser; betrays friend and lover. [Br. Lit.: The Double-Dealer]
Melema, Tito
betrays his foster father, his stepfather, and his political allies. [Br. Lit.: George Eliot Romola]
Modred
revolted against King Arthur. [Arch. Legend: Brewer Handbook, 714–715; Br. Lit.: Idylls of the King]
Morgan le Fay
tricks Accolon into stealing Excalibur. [Arth. Legend: Le Morte d’Arthur, Walsh Classical, 3]
Pearl Harbor
Japan, while negotiating in Washington, bombs Hawaii (December 7, 1941). [Am. Hist.: Fuller, III, 455–456]
perfidious
Albion Napoleon’s epithet for England, “perfide Albion.” [Fr. Hist.: Misc.]
Phaedra
in a letter written before her suicide, falsely accuses Hippolytus of attempting to ravish her. [Gk. Drama: Hippolytus]
Polymestor
slays Priam’s youngest son Polydorus, who had been entrusted to his care. [Gk. Drama: Euripides Hecuba in Benét, 450]
Potiphar’s wife
spurned by Joseph, she falsely accuses him of trying to seduce her. [O.T.: Gen. 39]
Ptolemy
captain of Jericho invites Simon Maccabeus and his sons to a banquet and then slays them. [O.T.: I Maccabees, 16:16]
redheadedness
from Judas Iscariot; so depicted in art. [Christian Iconog.: Gaster, 165]
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Hamlet’s traitorous friends; “adders fang’d.” [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
Saturninus
connives and plots politically; kills Titus. [Br. Lit.: Titus Andronicus]
Schoolmaster of Falerii
Etruscan teacher, after delivering children to Romans, is rebuffed. [Rom. Hist.: Hall, 119]
Sebastian
plots to murder Alonso and Gonzalo. [Br. Lit.: The Tempest]
Thermopylae
shown the back door, Persians destroyed Spartans (480 B.C.). [Gk. Hist.: Harbottle, 248]
30 pieces of silver
price paid Judas to deliver Jesus. [Christian Symbolism: N.T.: Matthew 26:15]
Ugolino
13th-century count of Pisa who treacherously deserted his own party and then twice joined the enemies of his own city. [Ital. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 921]
Uriah
letter Uriah carries David’s letter ordering his own death. [O.T.: II Samuel 11:15]
whale
lures fish to mouth with sweet breath. [Animal Symbolism: Mercatante, 27]
woman in red
Dillinger’s mysterious girl friend; alerted FBI to his whereabouts. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 291]
yellow
color marking doors of convicted traitors. [Fr. Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 1171]