in·​au·​then·​tic | \ ˌi-ˌnȯ-ˈthen-tik How to pronounce inauthentic (audio) \

Definition of inauthentic

: not authentic

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inauthenticity \ ˌi-​ˌnȯ-​ˌthen-​ˈti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce inauthenticity (audio) , -​thən-​ \ 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 problem is Hadassah doesn’t have her walking sneakers, which gets them on a tangent about how entitled and inauthentic Payton is. Shannon Carlin,, "The Politician Season 2 Binge Club Recap: Episodes 1-7," 24 June 2020 Still, measures that seek to reduce the violence—or the unevenness in how it is carried out—without addressing its root cause may be seen as inauthentic. Stacey Mckenna, Scientific American, "Police Violence Calls for Measures beyond De-escalation Training," 17 June 2020 Staff who work as part of the company's teams combating dangerous and inauthentic organizations that operate on the platform spoke to CNN on Tuesday. Donie O'sullivan, CNN, "Facebook shuts down far-right group planning to bring weapons to protests," 2 June 2020 Gabrielle said her team has found evidence that these efforts are supported by a network of inauthentic coordinated accounts on Twitter. Hadas Gold, CNN, "China is mobilizing its global media machine in the coronavirus war of words," 15 May 2020 But the company was unable to substantiate claims that Trump supporters or Russian actors were involved in any inauthentic activity. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "Facebook Investigated Suspicious Pro-Sanders Content," 24 Feb. 2020 The analysis did not include the latest instances of inauthentic activity on the two sites. Tony Romm,, "Facebook disables malicious accounts," 12 Feb. 2020 The director sometimes adds voice-over to others’ experiences that feels inauthentic. Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, New York Times, "‘Eating Up Easter’ Review: The Wasteful Side of Tourism," 22 Apr. 2020 My lizard brain desire to protect my kid and lack of patience for social interactions that felt inauthentic suddenly made sense. Alison Pill, Glamour, "‘I Thought Mom Brain Would Be the End of Me—It Became My Super Power’," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of inauthentic

1860, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jul 2020

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“Inauthentic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inauthentic

: not real, accurate, or sincere : not authentic

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