bogus

adjective

bo·​gus ˈbō-gəs How to pronounce bogus (audio)
: not genuine : counterfeit, sham
a bogus claim
The evidence was completely bogus.
bogusly adverb
bogusness noun

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Bogus Has a Long History

In the early 19th century, 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 became a name for funny money or for a fraudulent imitation of any kind. The more common "phony" adjective followed.

Examples of bogus in a Sentence

It was just a bogus claim. The evidence was completely bogus.
Recent Examples on the Web The allegations against Section 702 by Trump and a mix of populist, libertarian, and leftist critics are mostly bogus. The Editors, National Review, 12 Apr. 2024 In Miami, church officials recently warned the faithful about fake priests performing bogus rituals in exchange for iTunes gift cards loaded with cash. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 12 Apr. 2024 Advertisement In Miami, church officials recently warned the faithful about fake priests performing bogus rituals in exchange for iTunes gift cards loaded with cash. Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 And on Wednesday, my colleague Vittoria Elliott reported that some experts fear AI could be used to bombard election officials with bogus Freedom of Information Act requests, wasting their valuable time. Makena Kelly, WIRED, 11 Apr. 2024 Online tricksters and conspiracy theorists offered up a bounty of bogus claims about globalist plots and Biblical prophecy. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, 8 Apr. 2024 The scammers then sent letters and other documents back and forth to each other to create the appearance that there was trading going on and returns being generated, but of course these documents were completely bogus. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 In a marathon trial that lasted off and on from June to November, the State Bar, which regulates lawyers in California, argued that Eastman was unfit to practice law for peddling bogus claims that fraud cost Trump the election and for promoting a fake-elector scheme to block the electoral count. Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 The public should be skeptical and not rush to accept these bogus allegations. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

obsolete argot bogus counterfeit money

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bogus was in 1825

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“Bogus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bogus. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

bogus

adjective
bo·​gus ˈbō-gəs How to pronounce bogus (audio)
: not genuine : counterfeit, sham

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