how to say “betrayal” in Hebrew

how to say “betrayal” in Hebrew

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To betray is לִבְגּוֹד, in Hebrew. לבגוד is an active-simple פָּעַל verb, whose root is ב.ג.ד (b.g.d), the same as that for clothing.

For example:

הַבּוֹגְדִים בִּמְגִילַת אֶסְתֵּר
the traitors in the Book of Esther

בְּגִידָה, פֵּרוּשָׁהּ הֲפָרַת אֵמוּן.

Betrayal means (its interpretation is) a breach in trust.


הָאִישׁ הַהוּא בָּגַד בְּעַמּוֹ.

That man betrayed his people.

Someone who betrays or commits treason is a בּוֹגֵד if a male or a בּוֹגֶדֶת if a female.

What’s the connection between betrayal and clothing? I’m not sure. Go theorize.

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