Simple Definition of perfidy
: the act of betraying someone or something : the state of not being loyal
Examples of perfidy in a sentence
A man who built his entire administration upon demanding unctuous loyalty from his allies now finds himself wounded by their shabby betrayal. You'd have to go back to one of Spain's humpbacked Hapsburgs to find court perfidy of the variety that is currently depleting the president's power. —Jack Hitt, Mother Jones, January & February 2006
The petty Robespierres on the public stage appeal to “the real America” to rise up in fury against presidential perfidies; yet in poll after poll the real America keeps telling Washington that it has gone bonkers. —David L. Kirp, Nation, 8 Mar. 1999
I lived there off and on for twenty years, through graduate studies, marriage, the end of marriage, the perfidies of middle age, all the while unaware of passion. —Susan Barron, New England Monthly, October 1989
They are guilty of perfidy.
<he decided to forgive his wife's perfidy, choosing to ascribe it to a moment of uncharacteristic weakness>
Did You Know?
The perfidious Benedict Arnold plotted with the British to surrender West Point to them during the American Revolution--an act that made his name a synonym for traitor. In recent years, the perfidy of the double agents Aldrich Ames (of the CIA) and Robert Hanssen (of the FBI) has become notorious.
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