mala fide

[mah-lah fee-de; English mey-luh fahy-dee]

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of fide

  • A few weeks later he was reelected president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), despite the qualms of several senior members.

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    Gaddafi’s Wacky Russian Soulmate

    Anna Nemtsova

    August 25, 2011

Historical Examples of fide

British Dictionary definitions for fide


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 for de fide

literally: from faith

mala fide

  1. undertaken in bad faith

Word Origin for mala fide

from Latin
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