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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Hoax-Slayer reported in 2019 that the photos are authentic and debunked rumors that they were taken in the United States. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Image of frozen boats is from 2005 Switzerland ice storm, not Texas," 17 Feb. 2021 Champagne’s multimedia work communicates authentic human experiences. BostonGlobe.com, "Black Joy. Black Wellness. Black Futures.," 10 Feb. 2021 Already an Argos bestseller, this TV delivers an authentic home cinema experiences at an absolute steal with £80 off. Laura Sutherland, CNN Underscored, "The best UK Black Friday deals," 26 Nov. 2020 With an Indigenous history that spans some 10,000 years, the province is a perfect place to embark on authentic Indigenous travel experiences hosted by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities. Melissa Findley, National Geographic, "Destinations on the rise for 2021," 20 Nov. 2020 Taking a random path or new route can immediately open up a world of secret spots, authentic cultural experiences, pristine beaches, and untouched land that no Lonely Planet forum will ever tell you about. Kaitlin Menza, Condé Nast Traveler, "How I Travel: Nyle DiMarco Misses Train Rides Through the Alps," 9 Oct. 2020 Among white students, their perspectives on race and culture may be enhanced through authentic experiences in ethnically diverse settings. Lasana D. Kazembe, The Conversation, "I prepare aspiring teachers to educate kids of color – here’s how I help them root out their own biases," 20 Aug. 2020 Even in those really difficult times, being himself and being authentic. cleveland, "Kevin Stefanski named NFL Coach of the Year, the 2nd Browns coach in history to win it," 6 Feb. 2021 Myanmar's election commission and world leaders hold that the countries election results were authentic. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Myanmar's November election had hand vote count; Dominion does no work there," 3 Feb. 2021

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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 9 Mar. 2021.

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authentic

adjective

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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