Simple Definition of genuine
: actual, real, or true : not false or fake
: sincere and honest
Full Definition of genuine
1 a : actually having the reputed or apparent qualities or character <genuine vintage wines> b : actually produced by or proceeding from the alleged source or author <the signature is genuine> c : sincerely and honestly felt or experienced <a deep and genuine love> d : actual, true <a genuine improvement>
genuinenessplay \-wə(n)-nəs\ noun
Usage Discussion of genuine
The objection which some commentators make to the pronunciation \ˈjen-yə-ˌwīn\ is perhaps occasioned by the fact that it is more frequent among those with less schooling. However, this variant is heard in the speech of cultured or highly educated speakers sufficiently frequently for it to be recognized as a widespread pronunciation at all social levels. This variant was recorded as early as 1890 and appears to be simply a long-standing spelling pronunciation.
Examples of genuine in a sentence
But whatever else he is, he is the genuine article. A writer of one terrible book after another, but a writer nonetheless. —Dale Peck, New Republic, 1 July 2002
Having had two brothers, a sister and a brother-in-law die violently, he acquired a genuine identification with suffering, particularly that of what has come to be called the underclass. —George F. Will, New York Times Book Review,24 May 1998
Like a poem, a genuine essay is made of language and character and mood and temperament and pluck and chance. —Cynthia Ozick, Atlantic, September 1998
There has been a genuine improvement in the economy in recent months.
She showed a genuine interest in our work.
He has always shown a genuine concern for poor people.
a genuine desire to help others
She seems to be a very genuine person.
Origin and Etymology of genuine
Latin genuinus innate, genuine; akin to Latin gignere to beget — more at kin
First Known Use: circa 1639
Synonym Discussion of genuine
Rhymes with genuine
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GENUINE Defined for Kids
Definition of genuine for Students
1 : actual, real, or true : not false or fake <genuine gold>
2 : sincere and honest <She showed genuine interest.>
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