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bona fide

or bona-fide

[boh-nuh fahyd, bon-uh; boh-nuh fahy-dee] /ˈboʊ nə ˌfaɪd, ˈbɒn ə; ˈboʊ nə ˈfaɪ di/
made, done, presented, etc., in good faith; without deception or fraud:
a bona fide statement of intent to sell.
authentic; true:
a bona fide sample of Lincoln's handwriting.
Origin of bona fide
1935-45; < Latin bonā fidē
Can be confused
bona fide, bona fides (see usage note at bona fides)
1. honest, sincere; lawful, legal. 2. genuine.
spurious, deceitful, false. Unabridged
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  • It is really too bad that they don't exist as objective, bonafide compilations of the elder and darker Lore!

    The Fantasy Fan November 1933 Charles D. Hornig
  • It was evidently a voodoo ceremony they were enacting, and I knew it could not be complete—if bonafide—without the snake.

    The Voodoo Gold Trail Walter Walden
British Dictionary definitions for bonafide

bona fide

adjective (ˈbəʊnə ˈfaɪdɪ)
real or genuine: a bona fide manuscript
undertaken in good faith: a bona fide agreement
noun (ˈbɔːnə fɑɪd)
(Irish, informal) a public house licensed to remain open after normal hours to serve bona fide travellers
Word Origin
C16: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for bonafide

see bona fide.

bona fide

1540s, Latin, literally "in good faith," ablative of bona fides "good faith" (see faith). Originally used as an adverb, later (18c.) also as an adjective. The opposite is mala fide.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bonafide in Culture
bona fide [(boh-nuh feyed, boh-nuh feye-dee, bon-uh feyed)]

Genuine: “The offer was a bona fide business opportunity: they really meant to carry it through.” From Latin, meaning “in good faith.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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