Definition of authentic
1a : worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to or based on fact paints an authentic picture of our societyb : conforming to an original so as to reproduce essential features an authentic reproduction of a colonial farmhousec : made or done the same way as an original authentic Mexican fare
3 : true to one's own personality, spirit, or character is sincere and authentic with no pretensions
5 obsolete : authoritative
authenticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
authenticityplay \ˌȯ-ˌthen-ˈti-sə-tē, -thən-\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of authentic from the Web
With Western American art long dismissed as unworthy of the fine art world, few collectors would have even cared 25 years ago if an early 20th century oil painting of cowboys or Indians on the frontier was authentic or not.
Malashock’s choreography struck the evening’s most authentic note in its sensitive response to this haunting music.
But at the end of the day, the key is just to be myself, to be true and authentic.
Although an investigation by the North Carolina legislature concluded the document was authentic, Faulkner suggests it was accepted because North Carolinians were already so invested in the mythology of the Declaration.
The lab is also using motion-capture technology to develop a more authentic signing experience.
Drawing on that kind of soul, and the authentic blues feel that came directly from a lifetime of hardship, separated the Brothers from the pack at least as much as their brilliant musicianship.
People can pose in front of an authentic police line-up and step into the 60-year-old cell block removed during the renovation of the Western District last year.
Levon Demerdjian came to Chicago to study engineering, but soon teamed up with his brother Arsen to run authentic Armenian restaurants, serving the food of their heritage.
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Origin and Etymology of 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)
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of authentic
AUTHENTIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of authentic for English Language Learners
: real or genuine : not copied or false
: true and accurate
: made to be or look just like an original
AUTHENTIC Defined for Kids
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