bad faith


: lack of honesty in dealing with other people
She accused her landlord of bad faith because he had promised to paint the apartment but never did it.

Examples of bad faith in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nevertheless, the quote inevitably garnered some bad faith (or just plain dumb) backlash. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 21 Feb. 2024 To Sudanese critics, the smart suits and smooth talk are just a tactic as General Hamdan prepares for the next round of battle, pointing to his New Year’s Day speech as evidence his bad faith. Declan Walsh, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024 The fact Detroit is a majority-Black city is part of that bad faith attack. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2024 It was hoped that follow-on phases would lead to other releases, but intense fighting quickly resumed amid mutual recriminations and allegations of bad faith and violations of the agreement by both Israel and Hamas. Susannah George, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 As tensions spike in the U.S. amid the conflict in the Middle East, experts say extremist groups and bad faith actors are attempting to take advantage of the tensions. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 15 Nov. 2023 But McCarthy has repeatedly dealt in bad faith and has spent the final days of his speakership pushing a ridiculous impeachment inquiry. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 3 Oct. 2023 In a moment of such emotion, without any bad intention or bad faith, what happened happened, in a very spontaneous way. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2023 And, once again, The Other Two exposes bad faith on all sides of our pop-cultural conversation. Time, 29 June 2023 See More

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“Bad faith.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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bad faith

: intentional deception, dishonesty, or failure to meet an obligation or duty
no evidence of bad faith
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