au·​then·​tic | \ə-ˈthen-tik, 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 \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
authenticity \ ˌȯ-​ˌthen-​ˈti-​sə-​tē , -​thən-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for authentic


bona fide, certifiable, certified, dinkum [Australian & New Zealand], echt, genuine, honest, pukka (also pucka), real, right, sure-enough, true


bogus, counterfeit, fake, false, mock, phony (also phoney), pseudo, sham, spurious, suppositious, supposititious, unauthentic, unreal

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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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The goal of Sephora Ratings and Reviews is authentic client experiences that can inform fellow beauty fans on the product solutions and benefits based on their concerns. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "A leaked email reveals why you can’t always trust Sephora product reviews," 16 Oct. 2018 After living there for eight years, Mr. Lang, who grew up in China, wanted more variety and more-authentic cuisine. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "How to Get Food Delivered From Your Favorite Faraway Restaurant," 9 Sep. 2018 As the actor explains to Variety, the movie focuses on a more authentic kind of woman than audiences are used to seeing in blockbuster action films. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Viola Davis Says Her Short, Natural Hair in Widows Is More Than a Style Choice," 5 Sep. 2018 Additionally, we were offered a BBQ-in-a-Box for a more authentic camping experience. Fortune, "'Glamping' Has Officially Come to New York City," 12 July 2018 The center hired hair stylists and make-up artists for the morning of Q-Prom so that attendees like Smith and Hernandez could live out an authentic prom experience. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Drag shows, rainbows and acceptance at Sacramento’s 10th annual prom for LGBTQ youth," 5 July 2018 Young people in the region will finally see themselves on screen, and the writers and directors will have the freedom to create content grounded in their authentic experiences. Rachel Gandin Mark, The Hollywood Reporter, "Can Netflix Transform the Television Landscape in the Middle East?," 27 June 2018 At the airport, rent a car (a German performance car is worth the splurge to get the authentic Autobahn experience) and take the A5 toward Basel/Darmstadt. Laura Giannatempo, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Weekend Road Trip to the Black Forest," 27 June 2018 The authentic barbecue experience was developed under the careful watch of Norwegian's head of vessel operations, Robin Lindsey, Stuart said. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Riding 30 mph go-karts at sea? NCL strives for high-energy fun with its new cruise ship | Miami Herald," 11 May 2018

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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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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


au·​then·​tic | \ə-ˈthen-tik, 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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