Perfidy

  • 1 Perfidy — is an act of deliberate treachery or deception. Wiktionary|perfidyUnder the 1977 Protocol I Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 (Protocol I) there is a specific prohibition on perfidy:cquote|Article 37. Prohibition of perfidy1 …

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  • 2 Perfidy — Per fi*dy (p[ e]r f[i^]*d[y^]), n.; pl. {Perfidies} (p[ e]r f[i^]*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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 perfidy — index artifice, bad faith, bad repute, breach, bribery, collusion, corruption, deceit, dishonesty …

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  • 4 perfidy — 1590s, from M.Fr. perfidie, from L. perfidia falsehood, treachery, from perfidus faithless, from phrase per fidem decipere to deceive through trustingness, from per through (see PER (Cf. per)) + fidem (nom. fides) faith (see …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 perfidy — ► NOUN literary ▪ deceitfulness; untrustworthiness. ORIGIN Latin perfidia, from perfidus treacherous …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 perfidy — [pʉr′fə dē] n. pl. perfidies [Fr perfidie < L perfidia < perfidus, faithless < per fidem (decipi), (to deceive) through faith < per (see PER1) + fides,FAITH] the deliberate breaking of faith; betrayal of trust; treachery …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 perfidy — n. (formal) an act of perfidy * * * [ pɜːfɪdɪ] (formal) an act of perfidy …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 8 perfidy — /perr fi dee/, n., pl. perfidies. 1. deliberate breach of faith or trust; faithlessness; treachery: perfidy that goes unpunished. 2. an act or instance of faithlessness or treachery. [1585 95; < L perfidia faithlessness, equiv. to perfid(us)… …

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  • 9 perfidy — [[t]pɜ͟ː(r)fɪdi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Perfidy is the action of betraying someone or behaving very badly towards someone. [LITERARY] Syn: treachery …

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  • 10 perfidy — noun, literary the perfidy of her husband Syn: treachery, duplicity, deceit, deceitfulness, disloyalty, infidelity, faithlessness, unfaithfulness, betrayal, treason, double dealing, untrustworthiness, breach of trust; literary perfidiousness …

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  • 11 perfidy — noun (plural dies) Etymology: Latin perfidia, from perfidus faithless, from per detrimental to + fides faith more at per , faith Date: 1592 1. the quality or state of being faithless or disloyal ; treachery 2. an act or an instance of disloyalty …

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  • 12 perfidy — noun /ˈpəɾfɪdi,ˈpəːfɪdi/ a) A state or act of violating faith or allegiance; violation of a promise or vow, or of trust reposed; faithlessness; treachery. b) Specifically, in warfare, an …

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  • 13 perfidy — Synonyms and related words: betrayal, deceit, dirty pool, dirty trick, dirty work, disloyalty, double dealing, duplicity, faithlessness, falseheartedness, falseness, falsity, foul play, hypocrisy, infidelity, insidiousness, perfidiousness,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 perfidy — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. deceit, falseness, disloyalty; see dishonesty . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. Betrayal, especially of a moral obligation: disloyalty, faithlessness, false heartedness, falseness, falsity, infidelity, perfidiousness,… …

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  • 15 perfidy — per|fi|dy [ˈpə:fıdi US ˈpə:r ] n [U] literary when someone is not loyal to another person who trusts them = ↑treachery …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 perfidy — per|fi|dy [ pɜrfədi ] noun uncount LITERARY behavior that shows that someone cannot be trusted: TREACHERY …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 perfidy — see FAITH …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 perfidy — pÉœrfɪdɪ / pɜːf n. adulterousness, unfaithfulness; treachery, deceitfulness …

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  • 19 perfidy — [ pə:fɪdi] noun literary deceitfulness; untrustworthiness. Origin C16: via Fr. from L. perfidia treachery …

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  • 20 perfidy — n. Perfidiousness, treachery, faithlessness, infidelity, traitorousness, treason, defection, disloyalty, breach of faith, foul play, Punic faith …

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