Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Fradulently devised; fabricated.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Fabricated out of nothing or deceitfully; forged; false; worthless.

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  • adjective Faked, fabricated or falsely manufactured. Usually in the phrase trumped-up charges referring to legal accusation made for illegitimate reasons.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective concocted with intent to deceive

Etymologies

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From the past participle form of the phrasal verb to trump up

Examples

  • The mother of a prominent Egyptian blogger has gone on a hunger strike until her son is released from jail after his arrest on what human rights groups call trumped-up charges to silence critics of the nation's ruling military council.

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter

  • (TPM reminds us that Mr. Sessions got his start by "prosecuting three African-American voting rights activists on trumped-up charges of voter fraud.")

    Short Takes

  • Blogger Nguyen Hoang Hai, who wrote under the pen name Dieu Cai, was illegally detained past the end of his two-and-a-half year sentence for trumped-up tax evasion charges.

    America's Friends in Vietnam

  • Her legal file, everyone knows it, is empty or full of trumped-up charges.

    Bernard-Henri Lévy: SOS Sakineh

  • You kept the president of the South-western Amalgamated Association of Miners in jail for three years on trumped-up murder charges, and with him out of the way you broke up the association.

    THE DREAM OF DEBS

  • A Sunni-dominated political bloc has continued an almost one-month-long boycott of both the Shiite-led government and Parliament to protest what it describes as Mr. Maliki's increasingly dictatorial ways of concentrating powers in his hands and of hounding Sunni leaders like Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi with allegedly trumped-up terrorism charges.

    Suicide Bombing Kills, Wounds Dozens of Iraqi Shiites

  • Six months ago, an Iranian appeals court reduced the jail sentences of the seven leaders of Iran's Bahai community to 10 years from 20 years, after they were convicted in August on a series of trumped-up charges.

    Remember Iran

  • To his utter shame, Obama never once contradicted these slanderous, trumped-up accusations, which he could have easily refuted simply by citing the relevant statistics -- statistics he had access to.

    David Macaray: Friends Without Benefits: Obama's Betrayal of Labor

  • Chen Guangcheng, a blind legal activist, has been held captive in his own home, along with his wife and child, since being released last September from the prison where he had been held for four years and three months on trumped-up charges.

    China Abandons the Law

  • To his utter shame, Obama never once contradicted these slanderous, trumped-up accusations, which he could have easily refuted simply by citing the relevant statistics -- statistics he had access to.

    David Macaray: Friends Without Benefits: Obama's Betrayal of Labor

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