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perfidious

Line breaks: per|fidi¦ous
Pronunciation: /pəˈfɪdɪəs
 
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Definition of perfidious in English:

adjective

literary
Deceitful and untrustworthy: a perfidious lover
More example sentences
  • She is indifferent, negligent, unfeeling, untrustworthy, and perfidious.
  • If anyone in history has ever emitted a bigger pile of oozing, sanctimonious, unctuous, fetid, perfidious, malodorous offal than this, I'd like to know what it could possibly be.
  • The cause of these antinomies is language, for language, being a useful tool, is also a self-locking instrument - and at the same time a perfidious one, since it tells nothing about when it becomes a pitfall itself.
Synonyms

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin perfidiosus, from perfidia 'treachery'.

Derivatives

perfidiously

1
adverb

perfidiousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • It was designed to show ‘the tyranny and perfidiousness exercised by the powerful members of the community against those who are less privileged than themselves’.

Words that rhyme with perfidious

fastidious, hideous, insidious, invidious

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