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    Default Perfidy's prefix

    Per-, American Heritage Dictionary and www.etymonline.com give two different explanations for this prefix, destruction and through, respectively. I am having a hard time trying to consolidate. What do you think? Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: Perfidy's prefix

    From American Heritage,

    ENTRY: per1
    DEFINITION: Base of prepositions and preverbs with the basic meanings of “forward,” “through,” ...


    From Online Etymology Dictionary,

    per (preposition) 1588 (earlier in various L. and Fr. phrases), from L. per "through, ...

    perfidy from L. perfidia "falsehood, treachery," from perfidus "faithless," from phrase per fidem decipere "to deceive through trustingness," from per "through" (see per) + fidem, acc. of fides "faith" (see faith).

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