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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
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.
Further, Trump ignored Equal Pay Day in April this year and didn’t follow in Obama’s eight-year tradition of bringing attention annually to that bogus feminist holiday with a presidential proclamation.
The internet is full of bogus health claims about apple cider vinegar, but few actually check out.
The council clerk, law director and Astorino denied affixing the seemingly bogus stamp when asked directly by Councilman Richard Scott.
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said the companies have used bogus science to mislead patients about just how addictive opioids are, according to The Washington Post's Katie Mettler.
But Wednesday, Brown filed a whistleblower lawsuit saying the complaint was bogus and meant as retaliation for his work to uncover illegal activity in the Administrative Office of the Courts, the operational arm of the state court system.
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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
obsolete argot bogus counterfeit money
First Known Use: 1825See Words from the same year
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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