Definition of genuine
1a : actually having the reputed or apparent qualities or character genuine vintage winesb : actually produced by or proceeding from the alleged source or author the signature is genuinec : sincerely and honestly felt or experienced a deep and genuine loved : actual, true a genuine improvement
genuinenessplay \ˈjen-yə-wə(n)-nəs\ noun
How do you pronounce genuine?
The objection which some commentators make to the pronunciation \ˈjen-yə-ˌwīn\ is perhaps occasioned by the fact that it is more frequent among those with less schooling. However, this variant is heard in the speech of cultured or highly educated speakers sufficiently frequently for it to be recognized as a widespread pronunciation at all social levels. This variant was recorded as early as 1890 and appears to be simply a long-standing spelling pronunciation.
Examples of genuine in a Sentence
But whatever else he is, he is the genuine article. A writer of one terrible book after another, but a writer nonetheless. —Dale Peck, New Republic, 1 July 2002
Having had two brothers, a sister and a brother-in-law die violently, he acquired a genuine identification with suffering, particularly that of what has come to be called the underclass. —George F. Will, New York Times Book Review, 24 May 1998
Like a poem, a genuine essay is made of language and character and mood and temperament and pluck and chance. —Cynthia Ozick, Atlantic, September 1998
There has been a genuine improvement in the economy in recent months.
She showed a genuine interest in our work.
He has always shown a genuine concern for poor people.
a genuine desire to help others
She seems to be a very genuine person.
Recent Examples of genuine from the Web
Her affection for Jen is genuine, but she’s tragically torn apart by a heart at war with her head.
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As the third-highest grossing movie of 1969, Easy Rider was a genuine hit.
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The aim of the mission is to make a list of genuine Earth analogs: planets up to about 1.5 times Earth’s mass in the habitable zone around bright, sunlike stars.
Aminata Diouf, a senior who will graduate from Franklin High School Monday, can’t tell whether her memories of Senegal are genuine or just the merging of scenes from home videos.
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Is genuineness the Noun Form of genuine?
Many people appear to look up the adjective genuine in this dictionary in an attempt to discover the noun form of the word. The closest the English language comes is the rather unwieldy genuineness, meaning “the quality or state of being genuine.” Some possible alternatives to genuineness include sincerity, honesty, integrity, and truthfulness.
Synonym Discussion of genuine
GENUINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of genuine for English Language Learners
: actual, real, or true : not false or fake
: sincere and honest
GENUINE Defined for Kids
Definition of genuine for Students
1 : actual, real, or true : not false or fake genuine gold
2 : sincere and honest She showed genuine interest.
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