Press Secretary Sean Spicer may not want to define the word “betrayal,” but Merriam-Webster will gladly do so.
The publishing company said that the look-ups for the word “betrayal” had spiked on Jan. 31, shortly after a press conference with Spicer.
In the conference, Spicer addressed the recent firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. President Trump fired Yates for refusing to defend his executive order barring refugees and others from seven majority-Muslim nations, and for sending a letter opposing the ban to the Department of Justice.
Trump issued a memo about Yates’ refusal that indicated she “betrayed the Department of Justice.”
After a reporter asked about Spicer’s use of the word “betrayal” regarding Trump’s assessment of Yates’ actions, another asked, “Why use the word betrayal?” This led to Spicer being asked to define the word. He insisted he wouldn’t.
But, as dictionaries are wont to do, Merriam-Webster is here to educate us on what it all means.
Their definition is as follows:
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