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Examples of bogus in a Sentence
It was just a bogus claim.
The evidence was completely bogus.
Recent Examples of bogus from the Web
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://goo.gl/aIJF5k) that officials say pranksters put up the bogus sign on a gate as a joke.
Higgins' business also received a flood of bogus negative online reviews, causing his Google rating to plummet.
Investigators say the scheme involved a group of people who regularly participated in reporting fictitious automobile crashes, bogus injuries and property damage in southwestern Louisiana.
Jared Kushner is just the most recent clue in a completely bogus treasure map.
This budget proposal is based on utterly bogus economic assumptions.
Barrett said the libel charges against SPEWS, in particular, were bogus on the grounds that the site does not consider the content of messages when placing senders on its blacklist, focusing instead on whether the e-mails were solicited.
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Did You Know?
You may know bogus as a slang word meaning "uncool" or simply "no good," but did you know that bogus has actually been a part of English since the early 1800s? Not only was the word coined then, it was actually doing some coining of its own, so to speak. Back then, a bogus was a machine used to make counterfeit coins. No one knows for sure how this coin-copying contraption got its name, but before long bogus had also become a popular noun for funny money itself or for a fraudulent imitation of any kind. The more general "phony" adjective began being used about the same time.
Origin and Etymology of bogus
obsolete argot bogus counterfeit money
First Known Use: 1825
BOGUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bogus for English Language Learners
: not real or genuine : fake or false
BOGUS Defined for Kids
Definition of bogus for Students
: not genuine The miracle they told us about turned out to be bogus.
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