Definitions for: Perfidy


[n] an act of deliberate betrayal
[n] betrayal of a trust



Webster (1913) Definition: Per"fi*dy (p[~e]r"f[i^]*d[y^]), n.; pl. Perfidies
(-d[i^]z). [L. perfidia, fr. L. perfidus faithless; per (cf.
Skr. par[=a] away) + fides faith: cf. F. perfidie. See
Faith.]
The act of violating faith or allegiance; violation of a
promise or vow, or of trust reposed; faithlessness;
treachery.

The ambition and perfidy of tyrants. --Macaulay.

His perfidy to this sacred engagement. --DeQuincey.

Synonyms: betrayal, perfidiousness, treachery, treachery, treason

See Also: dishonesty, disloyalty, double cross, double-crossing, insidiousness, knavery, sellout

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