Definition of mauvaise foi in English:

mauvaise foi

noun

Philosophy
  • In the existentialist philosophy of Sartre: the self-deception practised by a person who wishes to avoid absolute responsibility for his or her own actions by not recognizing that human beings have free will and that no relationship is genuinely mutual. Also (in extended use): bad faith, disingenuousness.

Origin

1940s. From French mauvaise foi, lit. ‘bad faith’ from mauvaise, feminine of mauvais bad + foi faith.

Pronunciation

mauvaise foi

/ˌməʊveɪz ˈfwɑː/