authentic

adjective
au·​then·​tic | \ ə-ˈthen-tik How to pronounce authentic (audio) , ȯ- \

Definition of authentic

1a : worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to or based on fact paints an authentic picture of our society
b : conforming to an original so as to reproduce essential features an authentic reproduction of a colonial farmhouse
c : made or done the same way as an original authentic Mexican fare
2 : not false or imitation : real, actual an authentic cockney accent
3 : true to one's own personality, spirit, or character is sincere and authentic with no pretensions
4a of a church mode : ranging upward from the keynote — compare plagal sense 1
b of a cadence : progressing from the dominant chord to the tonic — compare plagal sense 2
5 obsolete : authoritative

Other Words from authentic

authentically \ ə-​ˈthen-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce authentic (audio) , ȯ-​ \ adverb
authenticity \ ˌȯ-​ˌthen-​ˈti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce authentic (audio) , -​thən-​ \ noun

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authentic, genuine, bona fide mean being actually and exactly what is claimed. authentic implies being fully trustworthy as according with fact an authentic account of the perilous journey ; it can also stress painstaking or faithful imitation of an original. an authentic reproduction authentic Vietnamese cuisine genuine implies actual character not counterfeited, imitated, or adulterated genuine piety genuine maple syrup ; it also connotes definite origin from a source. a genuine Mark Twain autograph bona fide implies good faith and sincerity of intention. a bona fide offer for the stock

Examples of authentic in a Sentence

In 1879 expert opinion was unanimous in rejecting Sautuola's timid suggestion that the ceiling paintings in his family's cave were made by the same prehistoric hunters whose stone and bone artifacts he had been collecting from the cave floor. He was accused of forgery and not until 1902, when discovery of similar paintings in several French caves supported Sautuola's claim, did experts agree that they were authentic relics of Paleolithic times. — William H. McNeill, New York Review, 19 Oct. 2006 "If I did authentic Japanese food here, no one would understand," says Masaharu Morimoto, whose idiosyncratic creations dazzle as many as 300 diners a night at his eponymous Philadelphia restaurant. "Anything I do here is going to be an Americanization of Japanese cuisine." The ponytailed Morimoto of Iron Chef fame has been expanding the boundaries of Japanese cuisine his entire career, starting at his own sushi bar in Hiroshima, Japan … — Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, 31 Mar. 2005 But before we could leave, the old guy had to have his pint with the regulars at the Regulator. Part of his routine. All the staff were from Ireland (the real Ireland), and all the walls were paneled with authentic oak. — Michael Kandel, Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 2004 According to Lia, the document seems authentic, though she emphasizes that it contains no specific attack orders … — Aparisim Ghosh, Time, 22 Mar. 2004 We saw authentic examples of ancient Roman sculpture. Experts have confirmed that the signature on the letter is authentic. The witness provided an authentic record of what actually took place. She prepared a very authentic Mexican meal. The building is an authentic reproduction of a colonial farmhouse. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Many people attribute their success to being their authentic selves. Geri Stengel, Forbes, 18 May 2022 The draft, which the Supreme Court confirmed is authentic, is not expected to be finalized for weeks and could change during that time. Charmaine Patterson, PEOPLE.com, 17 May 2022 While the decision is still in its draft stage, Chief Justice John Roberts has confirmed the draft is authentic, though not final. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 13 May 2022 The memoir-manifesto is a guide that’s motivated by Oyeneyin’s desire to inspire people to be their most authentic selves. Vogue, 12 May 2022 Just as stunning as the leak itself, from an institution that is famously airtight and prides itself on ignoring public reaction to its work, was Chief Justice John Roberts' immediate confirmation that the premature opinion is authentic. Barbara A. Perry, CNN, 12 May 2022 Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed that the leak was authentic but cautioned that the decision was not final. New York Times, 6 May 2022 This behavior gives their colleagues the permission and freedom to show up as their authentic selves as well. Mia Vasser, Fortune, 4 May 2022 It’s about seeing your child grow into their authentic selves & live a life of their choosing. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of authentic

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for authentic

Middle English autentik, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin authenticus, from Greek authentikos, from authentēs perpetrator, master, from aut- + -hentēs (akin to Greek anyein to accomplish, Sanskrit sanoti he gains)

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“Authentic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/authentic. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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authentic

adjective
au·​then·​tic | \ ə-ˈthen-tik How to pronounce authentic (audio) , ȯ- \

Kids Definition of authentic

: being really what it seems to be : genuine an authentic signature

Other Words from authentic

authentically \ -​i-​kə-​lē \ adverb

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