Definition of mala fide in English:

mala fide

Line breaks: mala fide
Pronunciation: /ˌmeɪlə ˈfʌɪdiː
, ˌmalə ˈfiːdeɪ

adjective & adverb

In bad faith; with intent to deceive: [as adjective]: a mala fide abuse of position
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  • I have piled up the few chapters I can remember all around me and I am taking them apart a letter at a time, stripping them of intentions both mala fide and bona fide.
  • We need to sift the grain from the chaff and check out whether the allegations of abuse are genuine, exaggerated or altogether mala fide.
  • Often, they are bona fide, but they can be mala fide too, more often than what you would want to admit.


Latin, ablative of mala fides.

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