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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
Amazon has a list of tips on its website for identifying and reporting bogus emails.
The general conclusions: that the story was bogus, implausible, and an insult to the memory of an American hero.
Others said their reservations were canceled when the hotel gave what seemed like a bogus reason, such as the elevator not working or something wrong with the room, DeLange said.
Last year, there was a bogus report that Craig was offered a staggering $150 million to reprise the role of Bond, which Vanity Fair myth-busted.
One is being able to weed out bogus addresses, that is, those attached to housing units that are vacant or that don’t exist at all.
To toss in a real and serious condition, Goop entered fear-mongering territory by suggesting that bras cause breast cancer, which is a bogus claim that has been debunked.
Cotati police are seeking a woman accused of passing a bogus $100 at a high school bake sale.
At the end of May, a court threw out a bogus case brought by local authorities against a Native activist who flew a drone over the site of the Dakota Access pipeline.
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bogus Has a Long History
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
First Known Use: 1825See Words from the same year
Synonymsartificial, imitation, dummy, ersatz, factitious, fake, false, faux, imitative, man-made, mimic, mock, pretend, sham, simulated, substitute, synthetic
Antonymsgenuine, natural, real
Related Wordscultured, manufactured, process; unauthentic; adulterated, designer, doctored, engineered, fudged, juggled, manipulated, tampered (with); concocted, fabricated; counterfeit, deceptive, forged, fraudulent, misleading, phony (also phoney); affected, brummagem, feigned, pinchbeck, pseudo, spurious
Near Antonymsauthentic, bona fide, legitimate, true; premium, quality, valuable; pure, unadulterated
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
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