(Treach"er*y) n. [OE. trecherïe, trichere, OF. trecherie, tricherie, F. tricherie trickery, from
tricher to cheat, to trick, OF. trichier, trechier; probably of Teutonic origin. See Trickery, Trick.] Violation
of allegiance or of faith and confidence; treasonable or perfidious conduct; perfidy; treason.
Be ware, ye lords, of their treachery.Chaucer.
In the council chamber at Edinburgh, he had contracted a deep taint of treachery and corruption.Macaulay.
(Treach"e*tour Treach"our) n. [See Treacher.] A traitor. [Obs.] "Treachour full of false
(Trea"cle) n. [OE. triacle a sovereign remedy, theriac, OF. triacle, F. thériaque (cf. Pr. triacla,
tiriaca, Sp. & It. triaca, teriaca), L. theriaca an antidote against the bite of poisonous animals, Gr. fr.
of wild or venomous beasts, fr. qhri`on a beast, a wild beast, dim. of qh`r a beast. Cf. Theriac.]
1. (Old Med.) A remedy against poison. See Theriac, 1.
We kill the viper, and make treacle of him.Jer. Taylor.
2. A sovereign remedy; a cure. [Obs.]
Christ which is to every harm treacle.Chaucer.
3. Molasses; sometimes, specifically, the molasses which drains from the sugar-refining molds, and which
is also called sugarhouse molasses.
In the United States molasses is the common name; in England, treacle.
4. A saccharine fluid, consisting of the inspissated juices or decoctions of certain vegetables, as the sap
of the birch, sycamore, and the like.
Treacle mustard (Bot.), a name given to several species of the cruciferous genus Erysimum, especially
the E. cheiranthoides, which was formerly used as an ingredient in Venice treacle, or theriac. Treacle
water, a compound cordial prepared in different ways from a variety of ingredients, as hartshorn, roots
of various plants, flowers, juices of plants, wines, etc., distilled or digested with Venice treacle. It was
formerly regarded as a medicine of great virtue. Nares. Venice treacle. (Old Med.) Same as
(Trea"cly) a. Like, or composed of, treacle.
(Tread) v. i. [imp. Trod ; p. p. Trodden Trod; p. pr. & vb. n. Treading.] [OE. treden, AS.
tredan; akin to OFries. treda, OS. tredan, D. & LG. treden, G. treten, OHG. tretan, Icel. troa, Sw.
tråda, träda, Dan. træde, Goth. trudan, and perhaps ultimately to F. tramp; cf. Gr. a running, Skr. dram
to run. Cf. Trade, Tramp, Trot.]
1. To set the foot; to step.
Where'er you tread, the blushing flowers shall rise.Pope.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.Pope.
The hard stoneChaucer.
Under our feet, on which we tread and go.
2. To walk or go; especially, to walk with a stately or a cautious step.
Ye that . . . stately tread, or lowly creep.Milton.