Word of the Day: bona fide

Today’s word reminds me of a scene from Oh Brother Where Art Thou. If you haven’t watched the movie, you should. It’s hilarious. Here’s the clip:

bo·na fide adjective \ˈbō-nə-ˌfīd, ˈbä-; ˌbō-nə-ˈfī-dē, –ˈfī-də\

: real or genuine

law : made or done in an honest and sincere way


Full Definition of BONA FIDE

1: made in good faith without fraud or deceit <a bona fide offer to buy a farm>
2: made with earnest intent : sincere
3: neither specious nor counterfeit : genuine
Examples of BONA FIDE
  1. She has established her position as a bona fide celebrity.
  2. His latest record was a bona fide hit.
  3. They have a bona fide claim for the loss.

Origin of BONA FIDE

Latin, literally, in good faith

First Known Use: 1632


Definition source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

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