perfidious

[ per-fid-ee-uhs ]
/ pərˈfɪd i əs /

adjective

deliberately faithless; treacherous; deceitful: a perfidious lover.

Origin of perfidious

First recorded in 1590–1600, perfidious is from the Latin word perfidiōsus faithless, dishonest. See perfidy, -ous
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perfidious

/ (pəˈfɪdɪəs) /

adjective

guilty, treacherous, or faithless; deceitful
Derived Formsperfidiously, adverbperfidiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for perfidious

perfidious


adj.

1590s, from Latin perfidiosus "treacherous," from perfidia (see perfidy). Related: Perfidiously; perfidiousness.

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