Wednesday, March 17, 2004
perfidy noun [PUR-fuh-dee] The act of violating faith or allegiance; violation of a promise or vow; faithlessness; treachery.
Definitions for perfidy
- The act of violating faith or allegiance; violation of a promise or vow; faithlessness; treachery.
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Citations for perfidy
Having just fought a war to get rid of a king, the framers had "the perfidy of the chief magistrate" clearly in their sights when they included broad grounds for impeachment.
To ordinary Algerians, the news that chemical tests did not end until 1978 was renewed proof of the hypocrisy and perfidy of the military who have misruled them since independence in 1962.
Origin of perfidy
Perfidy comes from Latin perfidia, from perfidus, faithless, treacherous, false, from per-, through (perhaps connoting deviation or infringement, or perhaps explicable by qui per fidem decipit, "who through faith or trust deceives") + fides, faith.