March 27, 2017
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_)
Are you a word wiz?

"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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