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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Definitions for bona fides

  1. Good faith; the state of being exactly as claims or appearances indicate.
  2. (Sometimes italics) (used with a plural verb) the official papers, documents, or other items that prove authenticity, legitimacy, etc., as of a person or enterprise; credentials.

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Citations for bona fides
He seemed to feel that he had to convince them of his bona fides before they would trust the purity of the fuel that he was selling. Dean R. Koontz, One Door Away from Heaven
The want of sincerity or bona fides, in a large body of men, respected and respectable, is a very tender place, and cannot be touched with too much delicacy. Thomas Reid, The Works of Thomas Reid
Origin of bona fides
Originally bona fide, bona fides was accidentally pluralized by the 1830s and subsequently was used as a synonym for credentials.