in·​au·​then·​tic | \ˌi-ˌnȯ-ˈthen-tik \

Definition of inauthentic 

: not authentic

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inauthenticity \ ˌi-​ˌnȯ-​ˌthen-​ˈti-​sə-​tē , -​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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After uncovering evidence of widespread Russian interference on its platform in the run-up to the 2016 election, Facebook has stepped up efforts to combat inauthentic behavior. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Facebook Removes More Accounts Tied to Iran," 26 Oct. 2018 From its increasingly difficult obstacle courses to its inspirational contestants to the genuine awe and excitement of announcers Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, nothing on the series feels forced or inauthentic. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 10 best sports TV shows of all time (including 'GLOW')," 2 July 2018 Of those 835 products, more than half of the first 30 reviews were from the Vine program, according to, an online tool that helps customers identify inauthentic reviews. New York Times, "Amazon, the Brand Buster," 23 June 2018 Hillary Clinton also made compromises to further both her own ambitions and her husband's, compromises for which she is now being tarred as inauthentic and untrustworthy. Jill Filipovic, Cosmopolitan, "Why Michelle Obama's Convention Speech Was a Total Game Changer," 26 July 2016 None of that here in the pretentious, inauthentic speech of an ungrammatical kid. Toby Zinman,, "'Red Bike' by Simpatico Theatre: Dreary outlook, tedious play," 11 June 2018 To realize this, continually, is to truly live authentically in an inauthentic age. John Kaag, WSJ, "‘The Existentialist’s Survival Guide’ Review: Choose Your Own Adventure," 10 May 2018 As of press time, Twitter continues to ignore calls for a new kind of report: one that alleges inauthentic or troll-farm activity. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Twitter CEO wants to study platform’s “health,” but is he ignoring the cancer?," 2 Mar. 2018 Technology is often perceived or believed to be objective and unbiased, so being wrongly categorized by an algorithm would emphasize the misconception that a transgender identity is inauthentic. Foad Hamidi, Scientific American, "Can Gender Be Computed?," 15 May 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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