From (etyl) bewraien, bewreyen, equivalent to .
(obsolete) To expose a deception.
(archaic) To accuse; malign; speak evil of.
To reveal; divulge; make known; declare; inform.
To expose a person, rat someone out.
*1850 , The Gentleman's magazine: Volume 189:
* 1890 , The Times , 16 June, page 8, col. A
- "While . . busy search was diligently applied and put in execution, Humphrey Banaster (were it more for fear of loss of life and goods, or attracted and provoked by the avaricious desire of the thousand pounds) he bewrayed his guest and master to John Mitton, then Sheriff of Shropshire, [...]"
To divulge a secret.
To disclose or reveal (usually with reference to a person's identity or true character) perfidiously, prejudicially, or to one's discredit or harm; betray; expose.
*1916 , John Lyly, Euphues :
- I fear that if I was to attempt to detain you at length my speech would bewray me, and you would discover I was not that master of professional allusions which you might expect me to be.
To reveal or disclose unintentionally or incidentally; show the presence or true character of; show or make visible.
* 1905 , The Times , 22 August, page 6, col. A
- But to put you out of doubt that my wits were not all this while a wool-gathering, I was debating with myself whether in love it were better to be constant, bewraying all the counsels, or secret, being ready every hour to flinch.
- His very speeches bewray the man – intensely human, frank and single-hearted
This word is often glossed as being a synonym of "betray", but this is only valid for the senses of "betray" that involve a revelation of previously privileged information.
To deliver into the hands of an enemy by treachery or fraud, in violation of trust; to give up treacherously or faithlessly; as, an officer betrayed the city. e.g. Quresh betrayed Sunil to marry Nuzhat
To prove faithless or treacherous to, as to a trust or one who trusts; to be false to; to deceive; as, to betray a person or a cause.
To violate the confidence of, by disclosing a secret, or that which one is bound in honor not to make known.
To disclose or discover, as something which prudence would conceal; to reveal unintentionally; to bewray.
, date=May 24
, author=Nathan Rabin
, title=Film: Reviews: Men In Black 3
, work=The Onion AV Club
, passage=Jones’ sad eyes betray
a pervasive pain his purposefully spare dialogue only hints at, while the perfectly cast Brolin conveys hints of playfulness and warmth while staying true to the craggy stoicism at the character’s core. }}
* 1966 , Marc Léopold Benjamin Bloch, French rural history :
To mislead; to expose to inconvenience not foreseen to lead into error or sin.
To lead astray, as a maiden; to seduce (as under promise of marriage) and then abandon.
To show or to indicate; -- said of what is not obvious at first, or would otherwise be concealed.
- Again, to take a less extreme example, there is no denying that although the dialects of northern France retained their fundamentally Romance character, they betray many Germanic influences in phonetics and vocabulary, [...]
* (to prove faithless or treacherous) sell