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This week, Roseanne Barr—a bona fide racist—was outed, fired and hung out to dry.
Even with that objective checklist, though, to use bona fide to describe a slide is still to make the whole thing a question of faith.
Astrodome gets historic recognition More than 56 years after ground was broken on what would become the world’s first domed stadium, the Astrodome is now a bona fide recorded Texas historic landmark.
Abell said, touting the bona fides of his staff of about 20.
But most importantly, landing the 2024 Super Bowl re-establishes our big event bona fides.
Soak Up the Past Among its other bona fides, Wyoming is one of the most fossiliferous places on the planet.
Norman Lear and Rita Moreno, a.k.a two bona fide living legends, just made the greatest entrance onto the Golden Globes red carpet.
People with data science bona fides are among the most sought-after professionals in business, with some data science Ph.
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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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