in French terms in English, "false, worthless," from French mauvais (fem. mauvaise) "bad," 12c., from Vulgar Latin malifatius, literally "one who has a bad lot," from Latin malum "bad" (see mal-) + fatum "fate" (see fate (n.)).
Examples from the Web for mauvais
He could not think how it came about save as a device of certain "mauvais esprits de mettre quelque scrupule entre vous et nous."Mary Tudor, Queen of France|Mary Croom Brown
“I believe—between ourselves—he is just a mauvais sujet,” said he.Johnny Ludlow, Fifth Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
Though I dare say you'll have some mauvais quarts d'heure with the strings in damp weather!Juliana Horatia Ewing And Her Books|Horatia K. F. Eden
"I never expected to find such vintages in a house of the mauvais riches," he said.The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley|Louis Tracy
Never did one look more of a mauvais sujet than he, as he watched the chariot pass.Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles|Mrs. Henry Wood