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bad faith

noun
1.
lack of honesty and trust:
Bad faith on the part of both negotiators doomed the talks from the outset.
Compare good faith.
Related forms
bad-faith, adjective
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  • We will meet aggression and bad faith with resolve and strength.

  • It seemed an abominable episode, a piece of bad faith on the part of fate.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Ain't it too bad faith wasn't there to make you another cake?

    The Lilac Lady Ruth Alberta Brown
  • They lied, they were greedy, they were charged with bad faith.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • Fear Kosuth's association with Bernadine proof of bad faith.

    The Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for bad faith

bad faith

noun
1.
intention to deceive; treachery or dishonesty (esp in the phrase in bad faith)
2.
Also called mauvaise foi. (in the philosophy of the 20th-century French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre) self-deception, as when an agent regards his actions as conditioned by circumstances or conventions in order to evade his own responsibility for choosing them freely
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