bona fide
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˌbəʊ.nəˈfaɪ.di/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈboʊnə.faɪd/, /ˌboʊnəˈfaɪdi/, /ˈbɑnə.faɪd/, /ˈboʊnəˌfiːdeɪ/
Adverb

bona fide (not comparable)

  1. In good faith; genuinely, sincerely.
    • 1791, Joseph Priestley, Letters to Burke, XII:
      Let thinking people, then, judge what must be the fate of a church, whose fundamental doctrines are disbelieved by men of sense and inquiry, whose articles are well known not to be subscribed bonâ fide by those who officiate in it […] .
Adjective

bona fide (not comparable)

  1. In good faith; sincere; without deception or ulterior motive.
    Synonyms: sincere
    Antonyms: mala fide
    Although he failed, the prime minister made a bona fide attempt to repair the nation's damaged economy.
  2. Genuine; not counterfeit.
    Synonyms: authentic, genuine
    Antonyms: bogus, counterfeit
    This is a bona fide Roman coin.
    • 2000, O Brother Where Art Thou? ↗ (movie):
      Ulysses Everett McGill: I am the only daddy you got! I’m the damn pater familias!
      Wharvey Gal: But you ain’t bona fide!
Translations
  • French: de bonne foi
  • German: auf Treu und Glauben
  • Portuguese: em boa fé
  • Russian: добросо́вестный
  • Spanish: de buena fe
Translations


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