- bad faith; intent to cheat or deceive.Compare bona fides(def 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 mala fides.
- (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.
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Historical Examples of fides
"On the tribunal by the trophies of Germanicus, which are near the shrine of the Fides" (May 15, 86).Pagan and Christian Rome
Fides follows the crowd into the cathedral, to which the scene changes.
At John's secret command Fides has been brought to the palace.
Only the fides which is formed and completed in caritas is a virtue (Art. 5).The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
The angelic doctor means here living faith, or fides formata.
- law good faith; honest intention
Word Origin for bona fides
Word Origin and History for fides
by 1838, English pluralization of bona fide, as though it were a noun meaning "guarantee of good faith."