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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
As a recent law enforcement retiree, my husband knows these calls are bogus.
However, the national security justification for the Japanese American incarceration was revealed to be bogus.
Meanwhile, at Cabells, Ms Berryman reckons the publishers of bogus journals are getting ever cannier.
That issue, in which employees opened as many as 3.5 million bogus accounts, ultimately cost then-CEO John Stumpf his job.
The goal was to create (bogus) scientific research proving that new technology had made diesel safe.
Especially now, when Trump administration officials tell us that climate change is debatable and that killing African elephants can benefit the herd, scientists should be constantly exposing misinformation, bogus alternative facts and fake science.
On May 7, an electronic check for $10,000 was deposited into the account and the thief had a week to withdraw $8,000 from a number of ATM machines before a Georgia bank alerted American National that the check was bogus on May 14.
Then on May 25, a prisoner’s mother sent a letter to TDCJ’s Office of the Inspector General, alleging that her son had been set up with a bogus case by guards at the Ramsey Unit, apparently in connection with the disciplinary quota.
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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.
BOGUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bogus for English Language Learners
: not real or genuine : fake or false
BOGUS Defined for Kids
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