bona fides


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bona fi·des

 (fī′dēz, fīdz)
n.
1. (used with a sing. verb) Good faith; sincerity.
2. (used with a pl. verb) Information or evidence that serves to guarantee a person's good faith, standing, and reputation; authentic credentials: "[His] operatic bona fides were prominently on display as he molded long, singing lines without any apparent pressure" (John von Rhein).

[Latin bona fidēs, good faith : bona, feminine of bonus, good + fidēs, faith.]

bona fides

(ˈbəʊnə ˈfaɪdiːz)
n
(Law) law good faith; honest intention
[Latin]

bo•na fi•des

(ˈboʊ nə ˈfaɪ diz, ˈfi deɪs or, esp. for 2, ˈboʊ nəˌfaɪdz, ˈbɒn ə)
n.
1. (italics) Latin. (used with a sing. v.) good faith; absence of fraud or deceit; genuineness: The bona fides of this contract is not in question.
2. (sometimes italics) (used with a pl. v.) official documents or other items that prove authenticity, legitimacy, etc.; credentials.
usage: At least partially because it looks and sounds like an English plural, the Latin phrase bona fides has developed the plural sense “credentials,” taking a plural verb. Although criticized by some usage guides, this use has been increasing in recent decades.

bona fides

Good faith. In evasion and recovery operations, the use of verbal or visual communication by individuals who are unknown to one another to establish their authenticity, sincerity, honesty, and truthfulness. See also evasion; evasion and recovery; recovery; recovery operations.
Translations

bona fides

[ˈbəʊnəˈfaɪdɪz] N [of person] → buena fe f

bona fides

[ˈbəʊnəˈfaɪdiz] nbonne foi f

bona fides

n sing (form: = trustworthiness) → Vertrauenswürdigkeit f
References in classic literature ?
As the President finished reading the paper (which I beg leave to assure my readers is a bona fide copy of one written by bona fide girls once upon a time), a round of applause followed, and then Mr.
It was even better than removing from East Broadway into bona fide, real, unequaled, league-long, eighty feet wide, Broadway!
The reward which has been offered is a large one, and it is not for me to question the bona fide nature of it.