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

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Other Words from authentic

authentically \ ə-​ˈthen-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce authentically (audio) , ȯ-​ \ adverb
authenticity \ ˌȯ-​ˌthen-​ˈti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce authenticity (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Your home is the perfect place to practice self-expression and bring your most authentic self to the table. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Airbnb is Giving Away $1 Million to Build Fantasy Homes," 10 Mar. 2020 As a woman who faced no shortage of misogyny in the corporate world, Marshall spoke about owning her authentic self and the ways all of us can help transform corporate cultures. Samantha Barry, Glamour, "At the Makers Conference, This Year’s Takeaway: Beauty Shouldn’t Be a Competitive Sport," 24 Feb. 2020 The Franklin Village home's history buff owners have worked to update the house while keeping it authentic. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$849K Franklin farmhouse is at least 180 years old — and a state historic site," 22 Feb. 2020 While living as your authentic self can certainly be freeing, coming out unfortunately isn't safe for everyone. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Zaya Wade Opened Up About Coming Out and Being “True”," 11 Feb. 2020 But where untaught formlessness is the ideal, the formative character of such an enterprise is suspect, a threat to the authentic, untutored self. Michael Knox Beran, National Review, "Can Today’s Soulless Institutions Be Revived?," 6 Feb. 2020 The questionnaire 92-year-old Robert Cooper received in the mail in late December seemed so authentic. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "Will the Census Bureau ask for my Medicare number, other personal info? Here’s how to avoid scams," 17 Jan. 2020 Police said the scammer had spoofed the number to make the call seem authentic. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Brook Park resident scammed out of $480 by fake FirstEnergy worker," 17 Jan. 2020 Even though she was blackmailed, Nikkie seems to be happily living her most authentic self. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "NikkieTutorials Speaks Out for the First Time After Coming Out Video: “On the Other Side of Fear Lies Freedom”," 15 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of authentic was in the 14th century

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2 Apr 2020

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“Authentic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/authentic. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for authentic

authentic

adjective
How to pronounce authentic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of authentic

: real or genuine : not copied or false
: true and accurate
: made to be or look just like an original

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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