The dictionary itself has condemned Donald Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday.
Dictionary.com’s official Twitter account shared the definitions for both “patriot” and “traitor” following the leaders’ first formal bi-lateral summit.
“Patriot: A person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion,” the account tweeted, followed with: “Traitor: A person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.”
In a press conference following the summit, the US president stated that he trusted the word of the Russian leader as much as that of his own intelligence chief.
“All I can do is ask the question – my people came to me, Dan Coats [the Director of National Intelligence] came to me and some others, they said they think it’s Russia,” he said.
“I have President Putin he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be but I really want to see the server but, I have confidence in both parties.”
Dictionary.com followed up their tweet with the definition for quisling, otherwise known as “a person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government.”
This isn’t the first time dictionaries have used the powers of words to denounce Trump and his government. Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s official Twitter account couldn’t resist a quick jab at Trump’s misuse of the word “pour” in a (later deleted) tweet, especially since that same tweet saw him brag about his “ability to write”.
Complaining that the “Fake News” likes to “pour [sic]” over his tweets looking for mistakes, Merriam-Webster quickly pointed out a few useful definitions: that “pore over” means “to read or study very carefully” and to “pour over” means “to make expensive coffee”.
Merriam-Webster also clarified for Ivanka Trump what the meaning of “complicit” is after she confessed: “I don’t know what it means”.