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

Synonyms & Antonyms for inauthentic


bogus, counterfeit, fake, false, forged, phony (also phoney), queer, sham, snide, spurious, unauthentic


authentic, bona fide, genuine, real, unfaked

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Examples of inauthentic in a Sentence

an inauthentic warbonnet that was probably made in an overseas factory a few months ago

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Men and women have traditionally been pigeonholed into specific roles that are constricting and sometimes feel inauthentic. Ask Amy,, "Ask Amy: Career-driven woman feels pressure to have kids but isn’t sure she wants to," 8 July 2019 Men and women have traditionally been pigeonholed into specific roles that are constricting and sometimes feel inauthentic. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: They say I’d be selfish not to give my mom a grandchild," 8 July 2019 His decision to ignore the situation on his main account, relying on an Instagram Story that will allow for Team 10’s statement to disappear after 24 hours, is strategic and inauthentic. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Dr Disrespect and other creators keep hiding their apologies," 3 July 2019 According to Friday’s report, Facebook blocked more than 1,700 pages, groups and accounts engaged in inauthentic behavior targeting European Union countries during the first three months of 2019. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Russia Sought to Use Social Media to Influence E.U. Vote, Report Finds," 14 June 2019 Those who are trying to revive dances by a dead founder will constantly face complaints by old-timers that the result looks inaccurate, inauthentic. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Can Modern Dance Be Preserved?," 24 June 2019 While some see a snappy, feel-good buddy movie, others see an outdated and inauthentic set-up that trades on racial stereotypes. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "What will win best picture? It’s a maddeningly close race," 20 Feb. 2019 In July, Twitter also made moves to remove potentially inauthentic activity, resulting in some celebs losing thousands to millions of followers. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Announces Steps Against Inauthentic Engagement on the App," 19 Nov. 2018 But the selling of inauthentic goods isn’t limited to one weekend bazaar in late August. Alexandra Mondalek, Vox, "Fake turquoise jewelry is hurting Native Americans economically," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of inauthentic

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inauthentic was in 1860

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English Language Learners Definition of inauthentic

: not real, accurate, or sincere : not authentic

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