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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
That's when someone makes bogus charges to your credit cards or steals money from your bank accounts.
But the instructions were bogus and the money disappeared.
That’s when someone makes bogus charges to your credit cards or steals money from your bank accounts.
Trump has repeatedly cited a bogus story about General John J. Pershing killing Muslim terrorists with bullets smeared in pigs’ blood as his model for fighting terrorism.
Both McCain and Murkowski’s stated reasons for their indecision are bogus, as the current bill is basically a worse version of the previous ones.
Another bogus claim was a Facebook post that falsely illustrated the storm on a projected path toward Texas, before any meteorologist knew where the storm would go.
The law theoretically imposes penalties for frivolous or bogus takedown notices, and these have proven extraordinarily difficult to enforce in practice.
How are taxpayers supposed to distinguish between real and bogus calls from purported debt collectors?
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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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