adjective gen·u·ine \ˈjen-yə-wən, -(ˌ)win, ÷-ˌwīn\

: actual, real, or true : not false or fake

: sincere and honest

Full Definition of GENUINE

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>
:  free from hypocrisy or pretense :  sincere
gen·u·ine·ly adverb
gen·u·ine·ness \-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

  1. There has been a genuine improvement in the economy in recent months.
  2. She showed a genuine interest in our work.
  3. He has always shown a genuine concern for poor people.
  4. a genuine desire to help others
  5. She seems to be a very genuine person.
  6. 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

Origin of GENUINE

Latin genuinus innate, genuine; akin to Latin gignere to beget — more at kin
First Known Use: circa 1639


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