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  • In a few minutes the scuttle was opened, and, bound hand and foot, the still struggling ringleader was shoved up into the air by his perfidious allies, who at once claimed the honour of securing a man who had been fully ripe for murder.   (source)
    perfidious = not trustworthy (prone to intentional betrayal)
  • ...my wife, who was never happy when we were on the sea, declared that our chances of drowning were, with the pinnace and canoe, already sufficiently great, and that there was not the slightest necessity for our adding to these chances by constructing another craft which would tempt us out upon the perfidious element.   (source)
    perfidious = not trustworthy (prone to betrayal)
  • The poor young woman was too pure to suppose that any female could be guilty of such perfidy;   (source)
    perfidy = betrayal
  • I stood amazed at the revelation of all this perfidy, looking at Miss Mowcher as she walked up and down the kitchen until she was out of breath:   (source)
    perfidy = deliberate betrayal
  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.   (source)
    perfidy = betrayal
  • ...the perfidious, bow-bearing foreigner Pandaros...   (source)
    perfidious = not trustworthy (prone to intentional betrayal)
  • They skip town, or turn perfidious, or else they drop like flies, and then where are you?†   (source)
  • For Aziz, too, the caves speak through their aftermath—of the perfidy of the English, of the falseness of his subservience, of his need to assert responsibility for his own life.†   (source)
  • Words like: viscous, impunity, paroxysm, unctuous, nefarious, onanistic, perfidious, lugubrious.†   (source)
  • But the white queen brought nothing but misery and perfidy to the black people, and if she was a chief she was an evil chief.†   (source)
  • Perhaps your perfidy is why your husband, your mother-in-law, your children, and, yes, the betrayed old same before you, do not cherish you as they might.†   (source)
  • No, it's more dangerous than that, for it contains perfidies, corruptions of truth written by a traitor and peddled to the highest bidder.†   (source)
  • Two separate bodies will have to agree to schemes of usurpation or perfidy.†   (source)
  • He had scarcely spoken when, coming from none knew where,
    A throng of slaves sprang up, a host of vagrant men
    With swords and torches, and at their head stood Judas
    With the perfidious kiss writhing on his lips.†   (source)
  • But it is doubtful that even a feast reminiscent of Boston's finest inns would have made his attendance worth while—for this was regarded by his Federalist friends as the final proof of perfidy.†   (source)
  • He spoke of woman's perfidy, of a wife who had broken her holiest vows, of a home and heart made desolate.   (source)
  • It is painful to reflect upon the perfidy of our species; and we will not, therefore, pursue the thread ...   (source)
  • "Provided I understand your perfidy, sir, and succeed in making you understand that I will be revenged, I shall be reasonable enough," said Albert furiously.   (source)
    perfidy = act of deliberate betrayal
  • In an agony of thirst He hangs on the cross and what is He offered by those perfidious Romans?†   (source)
  • And the owners of them, sullen faced, unrepentant, pushed by the Eyes against the walls of their bedrooms, while the sorrowful voice of the announcer tells us voice-over about their perfidy and ungratefulness.†   (source)
  • Won't I be busy meanwhile reading my short history of England and finding out all about their perfidy.†   (source)
  • That's what Seamus says, perfidy, and I don't know what it means and he doesn't know what it means but if it's something the English do it must be terrible.†   (source)
  • I ask the man what's perfidy and he says ask your father and I would but we're stopping outside a big building with columns and that's the G.P.O. Mam stays in the motor car while we follow the driver into the G.P.O. There he is, he says, there's your man Cuchulain.†   (source)
  • He stands in the middle of the lane and tells the world to step outside, he's ready to fight, ready to fight and die for Ireland, which is more than he can say for the men of Limerick, who are known the length and breadth of the world for collaborating with the perfidious Saxons.†   (source)
  • The objectors say that when a corrupt or perfidious treaty is made, the Senators would have to judge themselves.†   (source)
  • Dr. Urbino arranged matters so that no one in his perfidious circle could engage in malicious speculation, and he did it so well that if Florentino Ariza could find no clue to Fermina Daza's disappearance it was because in fact there was none, not because he lacked the means to investigate.†   (source)
  • His enemies, realizing that six years would pass before Senator-elect Lamar would be forced to run for re-election, vowed never to forget that day of perfidy.†   (source)
  • Reading in Jefferson's works the letters written by the latter more than thirty-five years earlier when his father and Jefferson had been political rivals (although their early friendship was later revived), he could still work himself into a rage at what he regarded as Jefferson's perfidy.†   (source)
  • The first time the subject was broached to him, the lad responded: "0 my father, know that I have no lust to marry nor doth my soul incline to women; for that concerning their craft and perfidy I have read many books and heard much talk, even as saith the poet: Now, an of women ask ye, I reply:— In their affairs I'm versed a doctor rare!†   (source)
  • It was, instead, the fact that all of these things—the death of my friend, the betrayal of Phebe, the suffering and rage and great change of the woman I had loved—all had come from my single act of sin and perfidy, as the boughs from the bole and the leaves from the bough.†   (source)
  • BILL [fortified by his resentment of Mog's perfidy] is she?†   (source)
  • Now do you understand the perfidy of this girl?†   (source)
  • Never mind now about Hurstwood's perfidy—why had he done this?†   (source)
  • The knowledge of Hurstwood's perfidy wounded her like a knife.†   (source)
  • He was quite certain now that she knew he was married and was angered at his perfidy.†   (source)
  • King Richard was absent a prisoner, and in the power of the perfidious and cruel Duke of Austria.†   (source)
  • I have nothing to save for your Majesty; you are only the victim of perfidious plots.†   (source)
  • The thought of launching such a missile as Mrs. Hatch at the perfidious bosom of society was not without its charm: Miss Bart had even beguiled her leisure with visions of the fair Norma introduced for the first time to a family banquet at the Van Osburghs'.†   (source)
  • I said with every unkind intention; but the perfidious shaft fell harmless—dropped at his feet like a spent arrow, as it were, and he did not think of picking it up.†   (source)
  • Abyss beneath abyss of perfidy!†   (source)
  • What agony he suffered as he watched that light, in whose golden atmosphere were moving, behind the closed sash, the unseen and detested pair, as he listened to that murmur which revealed the presence of the man who had crept in after his own departure, the perfidy of Odette, and the pleasures which she was at that moment tasting with the stranger.†   (source)
  • And his hatred, like his love, needing to manifest itself in action, he amused himself with urging his evil imaginings further and further, because, thanks to the perfidies with which he charged Odette, he detested her still more, and would be able, if it turned out—as he tried to convince himself—that she was indeed guilty of them, to take the opportunity of punishing her, emptying upon her the overflowing vials of his wrath.†   (source)
  • if he could only manage to prevent it, if she could sprain her ankle before starting, if the driver of the carriage which was to take her to the station would consent (no matter how great the bribe) to smuggle her to some place where she could be kept for a time in seclusion, that perfidious woman, her eyes tinselled with a smile of complicity for Forcheville, which was what Odette had become for Swann in the last forty-eight hours.†   (source)
  • Her little brain had been surging with contradictory feelings-shame at exposure, shame at Hurstwood's perfidy, anger at Drouet's deception, the mockery he had made at her.†   (source)
  • Oh, the perfidy of men!†   (source)
  • "I remember," he said to himself, "she had no word of indignation for the perfidious Roman at the Fountain of Castalia!†   (source)
  • By my soul, the countenance of that fellow when he was a boy was the blackest image of perfidy, cowardice, and cruelty ever set up as a scarecrow in a field of scoundrels.†   (source)
  • Whenever this powdered and courteous old man, who never missed a Sunday at the convent chapel at Hammersmith, and who was in all respects, thoughts, conduct, and bearing utterly unlike the bearded savages of his nation, who curse perfidious Albion, and scowl at you from over their cigars, in the Quadrant arcades at the present day—whenever the old Chevalier de Talonrouge spoke of Mistress Osborne, he would first finish his pinch of snuff, flick away the remaining particles of dust with a graceful wave of his hand, gather up his fingers again into a bunch, and, bringing them up to his mouth, blow them open with a kiss, exclaiming, Ah!†   (source)
  • She felt that her marriage vows were desecrated, her dignity insulted; but she had no compassion for the poor victim of her husband's perfidy.†   (source)
  • 'Indeed, John, I will not have any perfidy if I know it; why you should suspect me of it I am at a loss to think.†   (source)
  • It was the strain of a forsaken lady, who, after bewailing the perfidy of her lover, calls pride to her aid; desires her attendant to deck her in her brightest jewels and richest robes, and resolves to meet the false one that night at a ball, and prove to him, by the gaiety of her demeanour, how little his desertion has affected her.†   (source)
  • In my love-lorn condition, my appetite languished; and I was glad of it, for I felt as though it would have been an act of perfidy towards Dora to have a natural relish for my dinner.†   (source)
  • Woman is perfidious and disingenuous.†   (source)
  • One half of those vain follies were puffed into mine ear by that perfidious Abbot Wolfram, and you may now judge if he is a counsellor to be trusted.†   (source)
  • "You are completely mistaken, sir," said Monte Cristo coldly, who felt the perfidious manoeuvre of the young man, and understood the bearing of his words; "you only acquired my protection after the influence and fortune of your father had been ascertained; for, after all, who procured for me, who had never seen either you or your illustrious father, the pleasure of your acquaintance?†   (source)
  • 'Sir,' said Young John, 'will you have the perfidy to deny that you know and long have known that I felt towards Miss Dorrit, call it not the presumption of love, but adoration and sacrifice?'†   (source)
  • Rather Cape Tormentoto, as called of yore; for long allured by the perfidious silences that before had attended us, we found ourselves launched into this tormented sea, where guilty beings transformed into those fowls and these fish, seemed condemned to swim on everlastingly without any haven in store, or beat that black air without any horizon.†   (source)
  • His own character being light, profligate, and perfidious, John easily attached to his person and faction, not only all who had reason to dread the resentment of Richard for criminal proceedings during his absence, but also the numerous class of "lawless resolutes," whom the crusades had turned back on their country, accomplished in the vices of the East, impoverished in substance, and hardened in character, and who placed their hopes of harvest in civil commotion.†   (source)
  • This great hatred which the young traveler manifested so loudly for this man, who—a rather improbable thing—had stolen his father's letter from him—was there not some perfidy concealed under this hatred?†   (source)
  • I was constantly lectured and disgraced for what was called 'trying her;' in other words charging her with her little perfidy and throwing her into tears by showing her that I read her heart.†   (source)
  • D'Artagnan had often meditated against the perfidious host one of those hearty vengeances which offer consolation while they are hoped for.†   (source)
  • "Madame," replied Bonacieux, "your august mistress is a perfidious Spaniard, and what the cardinal does is well done."†   (source)
  • The perfidious deceiver was, as may plainly be perceived, already sacrificing, in intention, the poor girl in order to obtain Milady, willy-nilly.†   (source)
  • "I had one, sir, and, thank God, such as I could wish," cried d'Artagnan; "but it was perfidiously stolen from me."†   (source)
  • In fact, in addition to that yellow, sickly paleness which indicates the insinuation of the bile in the blood, and which might, besides, be accidental, d'Artagnan remarked something perfidiously significant in the play of the wrinkled features of his countenance.†   (source)
  • ...and thy hapless crew involved In this perfidious fraud,   (source)
    perfidious = not trustworthy (prone to intentional betrayal)
  • By this light, a most perfidious and drunken monster:   (source)
  • the French would prove perfidious   (source)
  • a most perfidious slave   (source)
    perfidious = an act of deliberate betrayal
  • ...with such wrath and fury did my heart burn that I scarcely restrained myself from rushing out into the streets, crying aloud and proclaiming openly the perfidy and treachery of which I was the victim;   (source)
    perfidy = intentional betrayal
  • Jamie, tender lover and perfidious blackguard.†   (source)
  • Aren't they trying to make an Entente cordiale now at Tay Pay's dinnerparty with perfidious Albion?†   (source)
  • His perfidy must be brought to light of day, And for that God gives us a ready way.†   (source)
  • "And is Mr Jones," answered the maid, "such a perfidy man?"†   (source)
  • With such deceits he gain'd their easy hearts, Too prone to credit his perfidious arts.†   (source)
  • This is the blow with which you dispatch me, And this is what crowns all your perfidy.†   (source)
  • So that before the time of Civill Society, or in the interruption thereof by Warre, there is nothing can strengthen a Covenant of Peace agreed on, against the temptations of Avarice, Ambition, Lust, or other strong desire, but the feare of that Invisible Power, which they every one Worship as God; and Feare as a Revenger of their perfidy.†   (source)
  • I was standing like the friar who confesses the perfidious assassin,[1] who, after he is fixed, recalls him, in order to delay his death.†   (source)
  • But do not you my last request deny; With yon perfidious man your int'rest try, And bring me news, if I must live or die.†   (source)
  • He was perfectly astonished with the historical account gave him of our affairs during the last century; protesting "it was only a heap of conspiracies, rebellions, murders, massacres, revolutions, banishments, the very worst effects that avarice, faction, hypocrisy, perfidiousness, cruelty, rage, madness, hatred, envy, lust, malice, and ambition, could produce."†   (source)
  • The batteries most capable of repelling foreign enterprises on our safety, are happily such as can never be turned by a perfidious government against our liberties.†   (source)
  • It doubles the security to the people, by requiring the concurrence of two distinct bodies in schemes of usurpation or perfidy, where the ambition or corruption of one would otherwise be sufficient.†   (source)
  • As soon as they were both mounted, at the gate of the inn, he called to the host and said in a very grave and measured voice, "Many and great are the favours, Señor Alcaide, that I have received in this castle of yours, and I remain under the deepest obligation to be grateful to you for them all the days of my life; if I can repay them in avenging you of any arrogant foe who may have wronged you, know that my calling is no other than to aid the weak, to avenge those who suffer wrong, and to chastise perfidy.†   (source)
  • My brother and thy uncle, call'd Antonio— I pray thee, mark me,—that a brother should Be so perfidious!†   (source)
  • Nathless he so endured, till on the beach
    Of that inflamed sea he stood, and called
    His legions—Angel Forms, who lay entranced
    Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks
    In Vallombrosa, where th' Etrurian shades
    High over-arched embower; or scattered sedge
    Afloat, when with fierce winds Orion armed
    Hath vexed the Red-Sea coast, whose waves o'erthrew
    Busiris and his Memphian chivalry,
    While with perfidious hatred they pursued
    The sojourners of Goshen, who beheld
    From the safe shore their floating carcases
    And broken chariot-wheels.†   (source)
  • When I added to all these the perfidy of my mistress, such was the horror of my mind, that life, instead of being longer desirable, grew the object of my abhorrence; and I could have gladly embraced death as my dearest friend, if it had offered itself to my choice unattended by shame.†   (source)
  • But if a Pastor, who as Christs Messenger, has undertaken to teach Christs Doctrine to all nations, should doe the same, it were not onely a sinfull Scandall, in respect of other Christian mens consciences, but a perfidious forsaking of his charge.†   (source)
  • This, it has been said, would constitute the senators their own judges, in every case of a corrupt or perfidious execution of that trust.†   (source)
  • I myself have written this: have a care to whom thou givest it to read: trust no Moor, for they are all perfidious.†   (source)
  • At length she finds the dear perfidious man; Prevents his form'd excuse, and thus began: "Base and ungrateful!†   (source)
  • For no King can be rich, nor glorious, nor secure; whose Subjects are either poore, or contemptible, or too weak through want, or dissention, to maintain a war against their enemies: Whereas in a Democracy, or Aristocracy, the publique prosperity conferres not so much to the private fortune of one that is corrupt, or ambitious, as doth many times a perfidious advice, a treacherous action, or a Civill warre.†   (source)
  • The improbability of such a mercenary and perfidious combination of the several members of government, standing on as different foundations as republican principles will well admit, and at the same time accountable to the society over which they are placed, ought alone to quiet this apprehension.†   (source)
  • Traitor, cruel, vindictive, and perfidious, wherein had this poor wretch failed in his fidelity, who with such frankness showed thee the secrets and the joys of his heart?†   (source)
  • When all th' united states of Greece combin'd, To purge the world of the perfidious kind, Then was your time to fear the Trojan fate: Your quarrels and complaints are now too late.†   (source)
  • O, perfidious Ganelon!†   (source)
  • On ordinary occasions it might not be exerted with the requisite firmness, and on extraordinary occasions it might be perfidiously abused.†   (source)
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