Definition of turncoat in US English:



  • A person who deserts one party or cause in order to join an opposing one.

    ‘they denounced him as a turncoat’
    • ‘It took the cooperation of some high-level turncoats to catch the big fish.’
    • ‘The liberals deride him as a turncoat while the right tentatively seeks to claim him.’
    • ‘These tabloid turncoats wonder why the players don't like talking to the press.’
    • ‘Wells, a white captive raised by the Miami, was a turncoat who deserted his adopted family to join General Wayne.’
    • ‘The Tower is too good for such turncoats; their fate is to be cast into the outer darkness.’
    • ‘Leave no stone unturned in the search for turncoats.’
    • ‘I believe our great councillor before him would never have defected and become a turncoat.’
    • ‘Sainte-Beuve classified him as a cynical turncoat.’
    • ‘Redeem yourself or forever be consigned to history's judgment of political turncoats, renegades and saboteurs.’
    • ‘The turncoat's getting caught in his own trap.’
    • ‘You're nothing but a yellow-bellied turncoat.’
    • ‘How many turncoats are there among law enforcement?’
    • ‘Who needs this party of turncoats?’
    • ‘This bunch of turncoats couldn't keep a promise if it was locked up in a box.’
    • ‘They are cowards and turncoats who seek to work within a system that is morally bankrupt.’
    • ‘The profile of the defector, the turncoat, is that they repudiate everything they've ever done.’
    • ‘Identity politics is volatile, and nobody likes a turncoat.’
    • ‘They've stolen our ground but we seem not to be able to take their's without becoming turncoats.’
    • ‘This apparent concession is a cynical manoeuvre aimed at saving the faces of any potential turncoats.’
    • ‘Both are part of the same layer of social democratic turncoats.’
    traitor, renegade, defector, deserter, betrayer, judas
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