faith

\ \ [12] Faith comes ultimately from the prehistoric Indo-European *bhidh-, *bhoidh- (source also of English federal). It produced Latin fidēsfaith’, which lies behind a wide range of English words, including confide, defy, diffident (which originally meant ‘distrustful’), fealty [14], fidelity [15], fiduciary [17], and perfidy [16]. Its descendants in the Romance languages include Italian fede, Portuguese (as in auto-da-, literally ‘act of faith’, acquired by English in the 18th century), and Old French feid. This was pronounced much as modern English faith is pronounced, and Middle English took it over as feth or feith. (A later Old French form fei, foreshadowing modern French foi, produced the now defunct English fay [13]).
\ \ Cf.CONFIDE, DEFY, DIFFIDENT, FEDERAL, FIDELITY, FIDUCIARY, PERFIDY

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