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

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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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Classic Mexican Coca Cola and sodas, like the glass bottled Jarritos and the apple flavored (and hard to find) manzana soda, are refreshing and authentic touches. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "Pescatarian paradise: It's all about the seafood at this Veracruz-inspired restaurant | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 May 2018 Internet personalities have long had to balance being authentic with viewers and their own safety. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Man trespasses in Casey Neistat’s workspace in yet another example of fan transgression," 18 May 2018 There are booths from folks working on possible future restaurants, food trucks and, with the Secret Menu, home cooks who serve more traditional and authentic Asian dishes. Polly Campbell,, "Diverse flavors to taste at Asian Food Fest this weekend," 9 May 2018 Gandalf's Pub & Restaurant offers that Irish bar feel, but also provides a dining experience for family and friends to enjoy their food, including classic and authentic burgers., "Gandalf's Pub & Restaurant serves juicy burgers in nice Irish setting: Cleveland's Best Burger contest," 4 May 2018 When that’s genuine and authentic, absolutely there’s room for redemption. Anna Silman, The Cut, "7 Actresses on Whether the Men of #MeToo Should Get a Path to Redemption," 1 May 2018 But what’s true for a bumbling non-actor is also true for anyone striving to make authentic and inclusive theater: Listening harder is a really good start. James Hebert,, "For theater community, finding ways to reflect societal diversity onstage is more urgent than ever," 13 July 2018 In other words, Ms. Tessel says, be authentic and accountable. Joann S. Lublin, WSJ, "Intuit’s Marianna Tessel on Her Trusted Advisers," 11 July 2018 Just something really genuine or authentic that hasn’t been touched by society. Doug Haller, azcentral, "ASU basketball's Bobby Hurley finds a home in the Arizona desert," 9 July 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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