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Definition: Petit treason
, a. [F. See Petty
Small; little; insignificant; mean; -- Same as Petty
[Obs., except in legal language.]
By what small, petit hints does the mind catch hold of
and recover a vanishing notion. --South.
, an inferior civil officer, subordinate to
the high constable.
, a jury of twelve men, impaneled to try causes
at the bar of a court; -- so called in distinction from
the grand jury.
, the stealing of goods of, or under, a
certain specified small value; -- opposed to grand
larceny. The distinction is abolished in England.
. [F., lit., little master.] A fop; a
coxcomb; a ladies' man. --Goldsmith.
(Eng. Law), the tenure of lands of the
crown, by the service of rendering annually some implement
of war, as a bow, an arrow, a sword, a flag, etc.
, formerly, in England, the crime of killing a
person to whom the offender owed duty or subjection, as
one's husband, master, mistress, etc. The crime is now not
distinguished from murder.
, n. [OE. tresun, treisun, traisoun, OF.
tra["i]son, F. trahison, L. traditio a giving up, a
delivering up, fr. tradere to give up, betray. See Traitor
and cf. Tradition
1. The offense of attempting to overthrow the government of
the state to which the offender owes allegiance, or of
betraying the state into the hands of a foreign power;
The treason of the murthering in the bed. --Chaucer.
Note: In monarchies, the killing of the sovereign, or an
attempt to take his life, is treason. In England, to
imagine or compass the death of the king, or of the
queen consort, or of the heir apparent to the crown, is
high treason, as are many other offenses created by
statute. In the United States, treason is confined to
the actual levying of war against the United States, or
to an adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and
2. Loosely, the betrayal of any trust or confidence;
If he be false, she shall his treason see.
. See under Petit