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mala fide

[mah-lah fee-de; English mey-luh fahy-dee]
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adverb Latin.
  1. in bad faith; not genuine.

de fide

[de-fee-de; English dee-fi-dee]
adjective Latin.
  1. of the faith: a phrase used in the Roman Catholic Church to qualify certain teachings as being divinely revealed, belief in them therefore being obligatory.
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abbreviation for
  1. Fédération Internationale des Echecs: International Chess Federation

de fide

  1. RC Church (of a doctrine) belonging to the essentials of the faith, esp by virtue of a papal ruling

Word Origin

literally: from faith

mala fide

  1. undertaken in bad faith

Word Origin

from Latin
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