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How can I translate "oath-breaker" properly into Latin in reference to losing one's faith?

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  • Welcome to the site! By faith you mean trust in someone else, or in God? Who is the oath-breaker, the one trusting or the one being trusted?
    – Rafael
    Jun 8 at 15:49
  • And what does losing one's faith have to do with breaking an oath? I'm not seeing the connection here. Can you elaborate a bit more on what you have in mind?
    – cmw
    Jun 9 at 2:59

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An oath-breaker is periurus, but note that this word can also refer to a perjurer (one who lies under oath), or a liar, an untruthful person in general.

Although Cicero thought that lying under oath was not periurare (Off. 3, 108):

Non enim falsum iurare periurare est, sed quod ex animi tui sententia iuraris, sicut verbis concipitur more nostro, id non facere periurium est.

⋯ which would be oath-breaking in the strict sense.

A less ambiguous form would be qui, quod iuravit, non facit, or: qui iusiurandum violat.

None of this has anything to do with “losing one's faith,” though.

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