genuine

adjective
gen·u·ine | \ˈjen-yə-wən, -(ˌ)win, nonstandard -ˌwīn \

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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Other Words from genuine

genuinely adverb
genuineness \ˈjen-yə-wə(n)-nəs \ 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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Straffan House is the most luxurious private villa in the British Isles which provides a genuine warmth of Irish hospitality. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Straffan House Dublin," 27 Apr. 2018 Several club sources have generally said that Brett, while genuine in his desire to help, did not carry himself like a traditional hitting coach. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The swings and misses of George Brett's turn as the Royals' hitting coach," 8 July 2018 The 22-year-old song is now experiencing a renaissance as a meme, as an anthem, and as a rallying cry that is half genuine, half tongue-in-cheek. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "It’s Coming Home: The Meme Behind England’s World Cup Fervor," 7 July 2018 These lunches and early dinners are not only a genuine pleasure but are also practical: Ordering from lunch or all-day menus at nicer restaurants typically costs less. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Eating Alone," 6 July 2018 Namely, a true, genuine, fierce and, here is the crucial bit, competitive rivalry – with Mexico. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why USMNT fans should celebrate Mexico's World Cup loss," 3 July 2018 Today, memes; tomorrow, perhaps, genuine civic engagement! Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Mark Zuckerberg's Testimony Birthed an Oddly Promising Memepocalypse," 11 Apr. 2018 Returned to society and interviewed by social services, they’re treated with genuine concern and touching compassion. Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a moving father-daughter story," 12 July 2018 Returned to society and interviewed by social services, they’re treated with genuine concern and touching compassion. Colin Covert, kansascity, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a quietly moving story of family love," 12 July 2018

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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

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 \

Kids Definition of genuine

1 : actual, real, or true : not false or fake genuine gold

2 : sincere and honest She showed genuine interest.

Other Words from genuine

genuinely adverb

genuine

adjective
gen·u·ine

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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