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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
Specimens of bogus, shoddy, and misleading reporting, not to mention serial fabrications from the likes of Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair, can be catalogued ad infinitum.
More than 20 million comments — many of them bogus, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman whose office analyzed the record — have been submitted to the FCC as part of the process to pass the news rules.
Twitter's rapid dissemination of bogus conspiracy theories and slanders was central to Donald Trump's election, according to a new academic analysis.
One is that, through statements made by his attorney, Harden insists that the allegations are completely bogus.
The online pharmacies took orders from customers who had obtained bogus prescriptions, resulting in criminal prosecutions.
The bogus story claimed the Moore turnaround was confirmed by the Alabama Secretary of State's Division Of Electoral Balloting Integrity- there is no such organization - and was accompanied by a memo signed by Bethany Marie Palmaranian.
But Navalry claims the conviction was bogus and politically motivated to block his presidential bid.
The media mogul urged fans to be cautious in a video shared to Instagram and to ignore requests from bogus sites asking for personal information under the guise of a giveaway.
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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
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