March 26, 2012
bona fide (adjective)
\BOH-nuh-fyde\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 a : made or done in good faith b : acting in good faith2 : genuine
How do you use it?
"As the President finished reading the paper (which I beg leave to assure my readers is a bona fide copy of one written by bona fide girls once upon a time), a round of applause followed, and then Mr. Snodgrass rose to make a proposition." (Louisa May Alcott, Little Women)
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"Bona fide" was first used in English as an adverb. When do you think English speakers first started using the adjective "bona fide"?

You're a bona fide word wiz if you chose C English speakers adopted the Latin "bona fide" meaning "in good faith" in the mid-1500s. At that time, it was used as an adverb. By the 1630s, not long after the Pilgrims reached Plymouth aboard the Mayflower, people were also using "bona fide" as an adjective. Some bona fide synonyms of "bona fide" include "authentic," "genuine," "actual," and "real."
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