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mala fide

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

[mah-lah fee-des; English mey-luh fahy-deez]
noun Latin.
  1. bad faith; intent to cheat or deceive.Compare bona fides(def 1).
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Examples from the Web for mala

Historical Examples

  • Mala and Bala are in the class, and a lively scamp called Puvai.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

  • Mala mandibularis: the grinding surface or area of a mandible.

  • Therefore the legend says that these islands have golden apples (‘mala’).

  • By the way, he tells us that the Roman name for Apricots is Mala epirotica.

  • At last an interview was arranged, and the two leaders met at Mala.

    The Spanish Pioneers

    Charles F. Lummis

British Dictionary definitions for mala


  1. Hinduism a string of beads or knots, used in praying and meditating
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mala fide

  1. undertaken in bad faith
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Word Origin

from Latin
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mala in Medicine


n. pl. ma•lae (-lē)
  1. The cheek.
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