Definition of treacherous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtretʃərəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtretʃərəs//
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  1. 1that cannot be trusted; intending to harm you synonym deceitful He was weak, cowardly and treacherous. lying, treacherous words
  2. 2dangerous, especially when seeming safe The ice on the roads made driving conditions treacherous. the mountain’s notoriously treacherous rocky crest
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in sense 1): from Old French trecherous, from trecheor ‘a cheat’, from trechier ‘to cheat’.
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