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)
How to use bona fides in a sentence
Proving his far-right bona fides is just one aspect of the newly energized Roberts campaign.As Roberts and Orman Double Down, It’s War in Kansas|Eleanor Clift|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why so many people are so eager to flaunt their musical bona fides by loathing Coldplay.Why Is It Cool to Hate Coldplay? A First Listen of New Album ‘Ghost Stories’|Andrew Romano|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Better still, his military bona fides give him the kind of street cred that is rare among the political class.Tom Cotton’s Run for Senate in Arkansas Makes Him the New Neocon Darling|Michelle Cottle|August 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
For his part, Bright has been pushing his conservative bona fides.
The two-decade veteran of the House of Representatives wears his Fighting Irish bona fides with pride.Newtown Six-Month Anniversary: The Victims Deserve More|Rob Cox|June 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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
Miss Jessimina asked what had she done that I should be in dubitation as to her bona fides?Baboo Jabberjee, B.A.|F. Anstey
Fides enim debet prcedere intellectum, ut sit intellectus fidei prmium.Aids to Reflection|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
I saw the Master, staff in hand, going up toward the mountains, and Fides was coming across the hills.
Fides thinks the opening of a flower is a far more wonderful manifestation than the stirring up of the elements!