perfidy

noun
per·​fi·​dy | \ ˈpər-fə-dē How to pronounce perfidy (audio) \
plural perfidies

Definition of perfidy

1 : the quality or state of being faithless or disloyal : treachery
2 : an act or an instance of disloyalty

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
Recent Examples on the Web There are interviews online with Chinese in Ukraine who fear for their lives because of their government’s perfidy, which is well acknowledged inside Ukraine and has led to Ukrainian threats of violence against them. Therese Shaheen, National Review, 27 Mar. 2022 Most believe that trust involves reliance on another person, and breaching that trust provokes despondency and perfidy. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Susan Meissner's latest novel is an absorbing, cleverly plotted historical tale of perfidy and pluck. Katherine A. Powers, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 Moreover, Warren had been assiduously filling the ears of political and media dignitaries visiting from out of state to weigh the security situation on the coast with alarmist visions of Japanese perfidy. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2021 After all, the perfidy of the unified German nation-state is not yet a matter entirely historical. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 17 June 2021 Susan Meissner's latest novel is an absorbing, cleverly plotted historical tale of perfidy and pluck. Katherine A. Powers, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 Susan Meissner's latest novel is an absorbing, cleverly plotted historical tale of perfidy and pluck. Katherine A. Powers, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 For Greenwald, the Carlson story has become another example of the perfidy of an incurious media unwilling to question state power. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 2 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of perfidy

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for perfidy

Latin perfidia, from perfidus faithless, from per- detrimental to + fides faith — more at per-, faith

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18 May 2022

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“Perfidy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perfidy. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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perfidy

noun
per·​fi·​dy | \ ˈpər-fə-dē How to pronounce perfidy (audio) \
plural perfidies

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