Trending: β€˜perfidy’

Lookups spiked 25,200% on January 31, 2020

Why are people looking up perfidy?

Perfidy snuck its way to the top of the lookup chart on January 31, 2020, after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer used it to describe Senate Republicans' vote to block witnesses in the Trump impeachment trial:

What does perfidy mean?

Perfidy is a noun meaning "the quality or state of being faithless or disloyal : treachery" or "an act or an instance of disloyalty." The word derives from the Latin perfidus, meaning "faithless," which is itself made of per- ("detrimental to") and fides ("faith").

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