in·​au·​then·​tic ˌi-ˌnȯ-ˈthen-tik How to pronounce inauthentic (audio)
: not authentic
inauthenticity noun

Examples of inauthentic in a Sentence

an inauthentic warbonnet that was probably made in an overseas factory a few months ago
Recent Examples on the Web The biggest one is coming across as inauthentic by making storytelling a top-down initiative. Samantha Reynolds, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Some said the door knockers were indifferent or rude, while others said the full-court press from Never Back Down felt inauthentic. Kellen Browning, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023 The fireworks between Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy continued after Ramaswamy said Haley was inauthentic and corrupt. Eliza Collins, WSJ, 7 Dec. 2023 GitHub's anti-abuse team combines manual investigation with software techniques to identify inauthentic accounts. WIRED, 23 Oct. 2023 In October, Reset published a report identifying even larger networks of inauthentic Facebook pages, including one that had over 340,000 inauthentic pages. David Gilbert, WIRED, 6 Dec. 2023 Earlier this year, Rolling Stone uncovered a WarnerMedia report revealing that fans used bots and other inauthentic users to boost the campaign for the release of the director’s four-hour-long cut of Justice League. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 29 Nov. 2023 Photograph: Yagi Studio/Getty Images The spread of misinformation is a massive problem online, and generative AI is only helping boost the creation of inauthentic or real-but-repurposed media. WIRED, 25 Oct. 2023 The test comes after Musk has encouraged users to sign up for X Premium as a way of reducing spam and scam activity on the platform, suggesting that requiring credit card payments helps verify a user’s identity and creates a higher barrier to entry for inauthentic accounts. Clare Duffy, CNN, 17 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inauthentic was in 1860

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“Inauthentic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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