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 The audience wants comedy that feels most authentic to the animating vision of the artist. New York Times, "Chris Rock Re-edits a Special, and the Result Is Fascinating," 12 Jan. 2021 The pot is both of its turn-of-the-century moment and authentic to New Orleans, but also timeless and worldly with its earthy materials and deep cross-cultural symbolism. NOLA.com, "Fruit of paradise is a motif in many world religions, and a potent symbol at Christmas," 21 Dec. 2020 Already an Argos bestseller, this TV delivers the authentic home cinema experience at an absolute steal with £80 off. Laura Sutherland, CNN Underscored, "Cyber Monday: The best deals in the UK," 29 Nov. 2020 Taking matters into its own hands, Microsoft is partnering with a coalition of news organizations, including The New York Times and the BBC, to introduce new tech that ensures all content the public is digesting is actually authentic. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Tool Will Help You Hunt Down Deepfakes Before the Election," 4 Sep. 2020 According to the Dallas Morning News, Golden Chick is sourcing its corny dog batter and hot dog meat from Fletchers’ supplier, hopefully guaranteeing an authentic State Fair-esque experience from the drive-thru. Abigail Rosenthal, Houston Chronicle, "Missing the State Fair of Texas? You can get one of its famous Fletcher's Corny Dogs at Golden Chick," 1 Sep. 2020 The set even comes with an adjustable bench, moving pedals, a lid that opens and folds back, a music stand, and an openable keyboard cover for a truly authentic experience. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Lego Just Released a 3,622 Piece Piano You Can Actually Play," 1 Aug. 2020 The video included in the claim is authentic; however, Bolden resigned in January 2017 and is no longer the NASA administrator, according NASA's website. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: NASA warning of six days of darkness is a hoax," 19 Dec. 2020 Sources close to the production told Reuters and Variety that the audio, which first obtained by The Sun, is authentic. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Tom Cruise unleashes rant on "Mission: Impossible" crew for not following coronavirus safety protocols," 17 Dec. 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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21 Jan 2021

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“Authentic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/authentic. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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