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thirty pieces of silver

The amount Judas Iscariot was paid to betray Jesus Christ, used figuratively as a symbol of treachery or treason. She carried the guilt with her for the rest of her life after turning her husband over to the mob, and the money she made from it—her thirty pieces of silver—became utterly loathsome to her.
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thirty pieces of silver

The symbol of treason. This term comes from the Bible, where Judas’s price for betraying Jesus was thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:15). It has symbolized betrayal ever since.
See also: of, piece, silver, thirty
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