What is the meaning of ‘mala fide’?

First, let’s deal with the pronunciation. The first ‘a’ sounds like the ‘ay’ in ‘may’, ‘bay’, and ‘hay’, while the second is like the ‘a’ in ‘china’. The ‘i’ is pronounced like the ‘y’ in ‘my’ and ‘by’ and the final ‘e’ is like the ‘i’ in ‘fit’, ‘kit’, and ‘pit’. The word sounds like ‘mayle faidi’, and the main stress is on ‘fi’. This is just one of the ways of pronouncing the word.

The expression comes from Latin; ‘mal’ means ‘bad’ and ‘fide’ means ‘faith’. ‘Mala fide’ means in bad faith. A mala fide action is one that is performed with dishonest intent; a person purposely attempts to cheat or deceive you. The opposite of ‘mala fide’ is ‘bona fide’ meaning ‘in good faith’.

 Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – October 08, 2007

 

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