: fraudulently concocted : spurious
trumped-up charges

Examples of trumped-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The charge was clearly trumped-up, but Yundi was immediately taken off all Chinese stages and media and prevented from going abroad. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 22 Nov. 2023 Erdogan’s government has thrown (or attempted to throw) a number of key political opponents into jail on what critics say are trumped-up, spurious charges. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 10 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trumped-up was in 1728

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“Trumped-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trumped-up. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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: made-up sense 1, false
arrested on trumped-up charges

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