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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
The insurance firm, Bruen Deldin DiDio Associates, was accused of creating a bogus certificate indicating the stadium project – along with the city – was insured when no policy had been issued.
There’s a significant and growing market for bogus, pirated versions of each product.
It’s hard to have any faith in the necessity of the more than 300 redactions in the House Intel report, most of which the Republican committee members insist are bogus and should be removed.
Bell and two other members of the Black Liberation Army shot officers Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini in 1971, after luring them to a Harlem housing development with a bogus 911 call.
Brianne Sargent, 36, received a bogus delivery call to a Buckeye residence the afternoon of April 10, police said.
Bell and two other members of the Black Liberation Army, a violent offshoot of the Black Panther Party, were convicted of killing Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini after luring he officers to the housing development with a bogus 911 call.
Don’t fall for a bogus sense of intimacy Keep in mind that the beginning of an online romantic relationship involves swipes and texts and sometimes, continuous strings of communication.
Farley alleges the department retaliated against her for complaining about the harassment by launching a bogus investigation initiated by Daley.
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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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