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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Other Words from genuine

genuinely adverb
genuineness \ ˈjen-​yə-​wə(n)-​nəs How to pronounce genuineness (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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The acupuncture has worked its magic and my skin gleams like a conch shell, but my true moment of genuine wellness arrives not in Eden’s annex but on my last morning at sea, before the sun comes up. Sloane Crosley, Vogue, "All Aboard the Good Ship Self-Care," 12 Mar. 2019 There’s a genuine divide between the projects women are routinely hired for—lower-budget comedies and dramas—and the more complicated $100 million to $200 million visual-effects and stunt-heavy movies. Marie Claire, "Deep Dives," 7 Mar. 2019 While crow's-feet are partly caused by genuine smiles, dermatologists say they can be curbed by religiously using sunscreen and antioxidant serums. Loren Savini, Allure, "Does Smiling Cause Wrinkles? No, and "Resting Bitch Face" Doesn't Prevent Them," 10 Oct. 2018 If the exercise had taken place during a military crisis between Russia and NATO, Norway could have mistaken it for a genuine attack. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly a Dozen Russian Jets Practiced an Attack on a Norwegian Radar Base," 13 Feb. 2019 The photos are precious, and reveal a genuine mutual admiration. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Olivia Colman Met Kate Middleton and Prince William at the BAFTAs, Was Extremely Thrilled," 11 Feb. 2019 Real, genuine anger arises from hurt and the need to create change. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why the Kevin Hart Oscars backlash is different from other recent public shamings," 5 Jan. 2019 There are these glimpses from Alan’s past—the birthday cake for Camille, and dancing with little Amma in the final moments here—that suggest genuine love and affection on his part. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 7: Adora Shows Her True Colors," 20 Aug. 2018 Telluride is increasingly rare amid so many ersatz, theme-park-like resort villages (no offense Whistler Blackcomb), a genuine Old West town. Alex Bhattacharji, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Telluride Keeps Being Named the Best U.S. Ski Town," 5 Dec. 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 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.

Other Words from genuine

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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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