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per·fi·dy

 (pûr′fĭ-dē)
n. pl. per·fi·dies
1. Deliberate breach of faith; calculated violation of trust; treachery: "the fink, whose perfidy was equaled only by his gall" (Gilbert Millstein).
2. The act or an instance of treachery.

[Latin perfidia, from perfidus, treacherous : per-, to destruction; see per- + fidēs, faith; see bheidh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

perfidy

(ˈpɜːfɪdɪ)
n, pl -dies
a perfidious act
[C16: from Latin perfidia, from perfidus faithless, from per beyond + fidēs faith]

per•fi•dy

(ˈpɜr fɪ di)

n., pl. -dies.
1. deliberate breach of faith or trust; faithlessness; treachery.
2. an act or instance of faithlessness or treachery.
[1585–95; < Latin perfidia faithlessness =perfid(us) faithless, treacherous (per- per- + -fidus, derivative of fidēs faith) + -ia -y3]

perfidy

1. breach of trust, especially treachery or treason.
2. an act or instance of this. — perfidious, adj.
See also: Treason
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.perfidy - betrayal of a trustperfidy - betrayal of a trust      
disloyalty - the quality of being disloyal
insidiousness - the quality of being designed to entrap
2.perfidy - an act of deliberate betrayalperfidy - an act of deliberate betrayal  
knavery, dishonesty - lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing
double cross, double-crossing - an act of betrayal; "he gave us the old double cross"; "I could no longer tolerate his impudent double-crossing"
sellout - an act of betrayal

perfidy

noun (Literary) treachery, betrayal, infidelity, treason, deceit, duplicity, disloyalty, double-dealing, falsity, faithlessness, perfidiousness He cited many examples to illustrate the perfidy of his adversaries.

perfidy

noun
2. Willful betrayal of fidelity, confidence, or trust:
Translations

perfidy

[ˈpɜːfɪdɪ] N (liter) → perfidia f

perfidy

[ˈpɜːrfədi] (literary) n (= treachery) → perfidie f

perfidy

n (liter)Perfidie f (liter)

perfidy

[ˈpɜːfɪdɪ] nperfidia
References in classic literature ?
It was the strain of a forsaken lady, who, after bewailing the perfidy of her lover, calls pride to her aid; desires her attendant to deck her in her brightest jewels and richest robes, and resolves to meet the false one that night at a ball, and prove to him, by the gaiety of her demeanour, how little his desertion has affected her.
In my love-lorn condition, my appetite languished; and I was glad of it, for I felt as though it would have been an act of perfidy towards Dora to have a natural relish for my dinner.
As soon as they were both mounted, at the gate of the inn, he called to the host and said in a very grave and measured voice, "Many and great are the favours, Senor Alcaide, that I have received in this castle of yours, and I remain under the deepest obligation to be grateful to you for them all the days of my life; if I can repay them in avenging you of any arrogant foe who may have wronged you, know that my calling is no other than to aid the weak, to avenge those who suffer wrong, and to chastise perfidy.
It doubles the security to the people, by requiring the concurrence of two distinct bodies in schemes of usurpation or perfidy, where the ambition or corruption of one would otherwise be sufficient.
He now returned to his old opinions, and became the leader of the liberal party in Alencon, the invisible manipulator of elections, and did immense harm to the Restoration by the cleverness of his underhand proceedings and the perfidy of his outward behavior.
This great hatred which the young traveler manifested so loudly for this man, who--a rather improbable thing--had stolen his father's letter from him--was there not some perfidy concealed under this hatred?
Provided I understand your perfidy, sir, and succeed in making you understand that I will be revenged, I shall be reasonable enough," said Albert furiously.
But while I was travelling and getting great riches among these people, my brother was secretly and shockingly murdered through the perfidy of his wicked wife, so that I have no pleasure in being lord of all this wealth.
He spoke of woman's perfidy, of a wife who had broken her holiest vows, of a home and heart made desolate.
In neither instance, as far as circumstances have been stated to us by different persons, do we see any reason to suspect the savage chiefs of perfidy in their overtures of friendship.
Pelet, reproaching him with perfidy, sending him a challenge, or performing other gambadoes of the sort--I hit at last on the expedient of walking out in the cool of the morning to a neighbouring establishment of baths, and treating myself to a bracing plunge.
This perfidy had been calculated with extreme ability; the name that was pronounced, instead of the name which the marquise awaited, had precisely the same effect upon her as the badly sharpened axes that had hacked, without destroying, Messieurs de Chalais and De Thou upon the scaffold.