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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 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 ?
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of the Head of a civilized nation.
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.
Da Souza had purchased a morning paper at the junction, and their host's perfidy had become apparent.
The stick untied from Jerry's neck told the tale of her perfidy and incensed Lamai, who sprang between and deflected the blow with a stone poi-pounder that might have brained Jerry.
And is Mr Jones," answered the maid, "such a perfidy man?
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.
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.
He feared, too, that Crooks and M'Lellan would take this opportunity to retort upon him the perfidy which they accused him of having used, two years previously, among these very Sioux.
The deserted damsel had personally appeared in court, and had borne energetic evidence to her lover's perfidy and the strength of her blighted affections.
He defended Louise against Raoul, and justified her perfidy by her love.
In the breast of the leader was the hope that he had planted enough of superstitious terror in their hearts to make the sight of the supposed author of their imagined wrongs sufficient provocation for his murder; for Bududreen was too sly to give the order for the killing of a white man--the arm of the white man's law was too long--but he felt that he would rest easier were he to leave the island with the knowledge that only a dead man remained behind with the secret of his perfidy.