Fides



[mah-lah fee-des; English mey-luh fahy-deez] /ˈmɑ lɑ ˈfi dɛs; English ˈmeɪ lə ˈfaɪ diz/

noun, Latin.
1.
bad faith; intent to cheat or deceive.
Compare (def 1).
[boh-nah fee-des; English boh-nuh fahy-deez or especially for 2, boh-nuh-fahydz, bon-uh] /ˈboʊ nɑ ˈfi dɛs; English ˈboʊ nə ˈfaɪ diz or especially for 2, ˈboʊ nəˌfaɪdz, ˈbɒn ə/
noun
1.
(italics) Latin. (used with a singular verb) good faith; absence of fraud or deceit; the state of being exactly as claims or appearances indicate:
The bona fides of this contract is open to question.
Compare .
2.
(sometimes italics) (used with a plural verb) the official papers, documents, or other items that prove authenticity, legitimacy, etc., as of a person or enterprise; credentials:
All our bona fides are on file with the SEC.
/ˈbəʊnə ˈfaɪdiːz/
noun
1.
(law) good faith; honest intention
n.

by 1838, English pluralization of bona fide, as though it were a noun meaning “guarantee of good faith.”

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