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However Nelson's departure leaves the passing game without a bona fide deep threat who can regularly capitalize on Rodgers' whip of an arm.
And finally, even these Debbie Downers are smart enough to bite their tongues when Adrian Beltre's bona fides are reported.
Still, this moment was oddly important for Mexico: If its youngest players could go to London and beat the likes of Neymar, why couldn’t Mexico become a bona fide power when those young players reach their primes?
Opposing gentrification has become a way for people to display their anti-racist bona fides.
As a bona fide 90s kid raised by TV, Marc Summers was nothing short of a deity in my pre-teen eyes — a god of wisdom and slime.
The Croft character launched Jolie’s career as a bona fide action star at a time when few women got to star in more than one action franchise: After Tomb Raider came a sequel, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Wanted and Salt.
That’s how Ryan, a bona fide movie star, came to spend a week behind the cash register at Books of Wonder, a children's bookstore in Manhattan.
There won't be any new episodes of Stranger Things until 2017, but in the meantime, the cast is making the rounds on talk shows now that the show is a bona fide phenomenon.
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Did You Know?
Bona fides looks like a plural word in English, but in Latin, it's a singular noun that literally means "good faith." When bona fides entered English, it at first stayed very close to its Latin use - it was found mostly in legal contexts and it meant "honesty or lawfulness of purpose," just as it did in Latin. It also retained its singular construction. Using this original sense one might speak of "a claimant whose bona fides is unquestionable," for example. But in the 20th century, use of bona fides began to widen, and it began to appear with a plural verb in certain contexts. For example, a sentence such as "the informant's bona fides were ascertained" is now possible.
BONA FIDES Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bona fides for English Language Learners
: evidence which shows that what you have said about yourself is true : evidence showing that you deserve a position or that you can be trusted
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