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bona fides

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Definition law:  good faith; i.e., sincere and honest
  • The Clarkston job offered an opportunity to establish his bona fides as a reformer.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • To look up the antecedents of all these people, to discover their bona fides -all that takes time and endless inconvenience.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • I could not, and no longer did, question the bona fides of such men and women.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Hence it's not surprising that climbers are typically wary of joining forces with those whose bona fides are un HOME known to them.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • No one would think of doubting the bona fides of any man in the proper clothes who looked as if he knew his job.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, candidates tried to prove their foreign aid bona fides by calling for increased spending to fight AIDS and malaria.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Much like the assimilated Jewish kids drawn to orthodox Sabbath services at Hillel House, Brown offers Chiniqua-who was reluctant to attend militant black rallies in Harlem or troll clubs on 125th Street-a sterling opportunity to reestablish her racial bona fides and validate her blackness.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • We cannot investigate the bona fides of any of these people.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • I pressed the government to display evidence of its good intentions, urging the state to show its bona fides by releasing my fellow political prisoners at Pollsmoor and Robben Island.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • In the case of many of the passengers, to establish their bona fides will be difficult; in most cases it will probably not be attempted, especially since there seems nothing in the way of suspicion attaching to them.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • I caught at the opening; here was some chance to establish my bona fides, as well as to find Murtagh and Rupert.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • ...he was the person he represented himself to be and not sailing under false colours after having boxed the compass on the strict q.t. somewhere) and the fictitious addressee of the missive which made him nourish some suspicions of our friend's bona fides nevertheless it reminded him in a way of a longcherished plan he meant to one day realise some Wednesday or Saturday of travelling to London via long sea not to say that he had ever travelled extensively to any great extent but he was...
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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