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 \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce authentically (audio) \ adverb
authenticity \ ˌȯ-​ˌthen-​ˈti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce authenticity (audio) , -​thən-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for authentic

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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While many fans and artists embraced Lil Nas X for publicly embracing his authentic self, others turned his announcement into a cruel punchline with nasty comments. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'Old Town Road' rapper Lil Nas X faces down homophobic comments after coming out," 2 July 2019 The bathrooms have been updated but still manage to look authentic, and taken together, the house flows from one picture-perfect room to the next. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Stunning midcentury from Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice asks $855K," 24 June 2019 Inclusivity is allowing people to be their authentic self and celebrating the authenticity of people. Allure, "Uoma Beauty Founder Sharon Chuter Explains Why Inclusivity Is So Much More Than Foundation Shades," 4 May 2019 Both parents and kids discover their authentic selves in the process. Andrew Wittman, Fox News, "'Seven Secrets of Resilience for Parents' by Andrew Wittman," 22 Sep. 2018 From the way the 18-hole championship layout nestles itself into the rolling hills of the Frederick County countryside to the authentic feel of the refurbished 19th century clubhouse and rustic cart barn, there’s a natural beauty to the property. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Worthington Manor Golf Club," 29 June 2018 Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School will be able to provide its students with enhanced opportunities to gain authentic work experiences with the help of a recent funding award. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Grant will provide work experiences for Essex North Shore students," 18 June 2019 Today’s traveler has the world at their fingertips, and these guides expertly pair these new world expectations with authentic, Old World experiences. Nicole Vecchiarelli, Town & Country, "How to Do Italy Like Oprah and the Obamas," 13 June 2019 The tour, which originated in Australia, is an authentic racing experience based off of Mario Kart. Noelle Zielinski, Cincinnati.com, "Soon, you can play real-life Mario Kart in Cincinnati. No, really.," 11 June 2019

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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

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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