Punic faith

See also: punic faith and Punic Faith


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Punic faith (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) Treachery, deceitfulness, bad faith.
    • 1824, Sir Walter Scott, chapter 16, in Redgauntlet:
      His line of education, as well as his father's tenets in matters of church and state, had taught him a holy horror for Papists, and a devout belief in whatever had been said of the Punic faith of Jesuits.
    • 1848, James Fenimore Cooper, chapter 5, in Jack Tier:
      Mexico . . . weakened her cause by her own punic faith, instability, military oppression, and political revolutions, giving to the Texans in particular ample justification for their revolt.
    • 1865 July 14, "Bright on Parliamentary Reform," New York Times (retrieved 6 Aug 2014):
      Mr. Bright . . . speaks in the following terms, in his address to his constituents, of the Punic faith of the Palmerston-Russell Administration on the question of reform: " . . . The House which was returned at that election has been disloyal to its pledges, and has neglected its first duty."
    • 1944 Oct. 9, "Education: International Insults," Time (retrieved 6 Aug 2014):
      The Carthaginians, in the Roman view, were treacherous fellows. "Punica fides" ("Punic faith") became Latin for double-dealing.

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