Origin of bona fides
usage note for bona fides
The adjective bona fide (without the “s”) is from a Latin phrase meaning “in good faith, with good faith.” It was originally used adverbially in this sense, but is now mainly an adjective. The meaning “authentic, true” is a later development sometimes denounced as sloppy usage, but its use is bona fide and widespread.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bona fidesbona fide, bona fides (see usage note at the current entry)
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How to use bona fides in a sentence
Leaving aside the stereotypes that CBS’s audience is old and Vice’s is young, both companies have been playing up their international bona fides lately.
Just ask Shipley, a YouTube detective of sorts who tracks down and exposes people who masquerade as former commandos or otherwise exaggerate their military bona fides.
The state historically was known as a coal ash capital, a place where lawmakers touted their pro-business bona fides by denouncing regulations, and Georgia Power had a track record of delaying or blocking efforts to regulate pollution.
Strickland and her two partners all came from similar backgrounds, with extensive scientific experience but limited business bona fides.Startups are racing to reproduce breast milk in the lab|Katie McLean|December 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Despite his literary bona fides, Ovbiagele didn’t do any writing until he’d left banking.The Potential Oscar Film That’s Too Hot for the Nigerian Government|Daniel Malloy|December 16, 2020|Ozy
Another sent back a flat-screen television with a bona fide tombstone within.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Facebook co-founder and his politically ambitious husband embodied all the attributes of a bona fide “gay power couple.”The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple|James Kirchick|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A conservative coloring book publisher is out with a new title imagining the tea party heartthrob as a bona fide superhero.Ted Cruz saves America in This Right-Wing Coloring Book|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Stephen Hawking is not only a bona fide genius, but also one of the most resilient men on the planet.The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims|Marlow Stern|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By the time the CFDA awards rolled round in early 1994, Moss was a bona fide star.Sex, Drugs, and Kate Moss: Secrets of a Wild Supermodel|Tom Sykes|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nor can other creditors through filing objections to a claim prevent a bona fide claimant from voting.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
The fact that you are here tells me that the wireless you got on the ship was not only bona fide but important.The Everlasting Arms|Joseph Hocking
Such relief was to be granted with due consideration and the bona fide intention of recovering.English Poor Law Policy|Sidney Webb
It was an instantaneous apparition of absolute bodily substance, which carried its own warrant of complete bona fides.Devil-Worship in France|Arthur Edward Waite
If we leave Philippeville in the evening, we find ourselves next morning in the handsome roadstead of Bona.