genuine

adjective
gen·​u·​ine | \ ˈjen-yə-wən How to pronounce genuine (audio) , -(ˌ)win, nonstandard -ˌwīn How to pronounce genuine (audio) \

Definition of genuine

1a : actually having the reputed or apparent qualities or character genuine vintage wines
b : actually produced by or proceeding from the alleged source or author the signature is genuine
c : sincerely and honestly felt or experienced a deep and genuine love
d : actual, true a genuine improvement
2 : free from hypocrisy or pretense : sincere His apology seemed genuine.

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genuineness \ ˈjen-​yə-​wə(n)-​nəs How to pronounce genuine (audio) \ 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

How do you pronounce genuine?: Usage Guide

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.

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.

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Behavioral scientists confirm this will be the case, and that strangers who seem opposed to chatting actually do want to engage, as long as the back-and-forth is genuine. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2021 How much of what people say is genuine and how much is politeness? Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 30 Aug. 2021 Filing a copyright claim tells the world that the image is genuine and its content belongs to Sony. Chris Smith, BGR, 26 Aug. 2021 Many employees have young children or immunocompromised relatives at home, and being exposed to Covid in the workplace is a genuine concern. Rhonda Abrams, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2021 But Kearney said two of the couple’s six children testified during the trial that the blended family’s household is full of genuine love. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, 23 July 2021 The two men conducted a test with nitric acid and satisfied themselves that the find was genuine. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 But the mass outpouring of popular grief at Boumediène’s funeral in 1978 was genuine. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, 21 Aug. 2021 Some Republicans had a genuine desire to pass a bill. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of genuine

circa 1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for genuine

Latin genuinus innate, genuine; akin to Latin gignere to beget — more at kin

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The first known use of genuine was circa 1639

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“Genuine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genuine. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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genuine

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of genuine

: actual, real, or true : not false or fake
: sincere and honest

genuine

adjective
gen·​u·​ine | \ ˈjen-yə-wən How to pronounce genuine (audio) \

Kids Definition of genuine

1 : actual, real, or true : not false or fake genuine gold
2 : sincere and honest She showed genuine interest.

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genuinely adverb

genuine

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Legal Definition of genuine

: actually having the reputed or apparent qualities or character specifically : free of forgery or counterfeiting — see also genuine issue at issue

Other Words from genuine

genuinely adverb
genuineness noun

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