The word "betray" sounds similar to the Swedish word "bedra". The Swedish word means betray or commit a fraud.

The word "fraud" sounds similar to the Swedish word "förrådd" which means betrayed.

Is that a coincident or did the words have common etymology?


It is purely coincidental.

Betray comes from French trahir (prefixed with be-), ultimately from Latin trado,-ere (to give something over), itself being a derivation of trans- (over) & do,dare (give).

Bedra comes from Germanic dreugan (prefixed also with be-), etymologised as PIE dhrewgh- (mislead) which is also coincidentally the most probable stem, from which Latin fraus, fraudis comes from!

Förrådda, on the other hand, comes from Germanic rédan (to advise; compare the prefixation with Czech pro-radný).

  • Very interesting that the question could be answered this way. It looks as if you know many languages and their origins.
    – Niklas R.
    Dec 19 '16 at 21:48
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    @DacSaunders. There are such things as etymological dictionaries.
    – fdb
    Dec 19 '16 at 23:26

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