authentic


authentic
authentic, genuine, veritable, bona fide denote being exactly what the thing in question is said to be or professes to be.
The prevailing sense of authentic is authoritative or trustworthy with the implication of actuality or accordance with fact
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confirmed both by legend and authentic record— Froude

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an authentic description of the Great Fire of London

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The prevailing sense of genuine is real or true (see REAL) often with the implication of descent without admixture from an original stock or of correspondence without adulteration to the natural or original product called by that name
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genuine maple syrup

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a genuine Russian wolfhound

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this is real merino, the genuine article

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Often the stress is on sincerity or lack of factitiousness
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genuine piety

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true simplicity and genuine pathos— Wordsworth

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Both terms are used— genuine more frequently than authentic—as opposed to spurious, counterfeit, apocryphal
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let them contrast their own fantastical personages . . . with the authentic rustics of Burns— Jeffrey

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what is genuine knowledge, and what is its counterfeit— Newman

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It is idiomatic to say of a work (as a portrait) “this is an authentic portrait of George Washington” (that is, it was painted from life) and “this is a genuine Gilbert Stuart portrait of Washington” (that is, it is properly ascribed to Gilbert Stuart, the painter).
Veritable implies a correspondence with truth; it is seldom used without a suggestion of asseveration or of affirmation of belief
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I who am now talking . . . am the veritable Socrates— Blackie

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though Christ be the veritable Son of God— Quiller-Couch

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It also is applied to words or phrases used figuratively or hyperbolically to assert the justice of the designation or of its truth in essentials
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his fits of passion are veritable hurricanes

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he is a veritable fool

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Bona fide, though often used as though it were the equivalent of genuine or authentic, is properly applied when good faith or sincerity is in question
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a bona fide sale of securities

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a bona fide bid for a piece of property

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Analogous words: authoritarian, oracular (see DICTATORIAL): *reliable, trustworthy, dependable: *correct, right, exact: true, *real, actual
Antonyms: spurious
Contrasted words: *fictitious, apocryphal, fabulous, mythical, legendary: *false, wrong: deceptive, *misleading, delusive, delusory: *supposed, supposititious, putative, purported, hypothetical

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  • Authentic — Au*then tic, a. [OE. autentik, OF. autentique, F. authentique, L. authenticus coming from the real author, of original or firsthand authority, from Gr. ?, fr. ? suicide, a perpetrator or real author of any act, an absolute master; a yto s self +… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • authentic — authentic, genuine 1. Fowler (1926) tried to establish a distinction in meaning between these two words, reserving authentic for the truthfulness of (for example) a book s contents or a picture s subject and genuine for the status of its alleged… …   Modern English usage

  • Authentic — • The term is used in two senses. It is applied first to a book or document whose contents are invested with a special authority, in virtue of which the work is called authentic. In its second sense it is used as a synonym for genuine , and… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • authentic — [ô then′tik] adj. [ME autentike < OFr autentique < LL authenticus < Gr authentikos, genuine < authentēs, one who does things himself < autos, self + hentēs < IE base * sen , to prepare, achieve] 1. that can be believed or… …   English World dictionary

  • authentic — (adj.) mid 14c., authoritative, from O.Fr. autentique (13c., Mod.Fr. authentique) authentic; canonical, and directly from M.L. authenticus, from Gk. authentikos original, genuine, principal, from authentes one acting on one s own authority, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • authentic — I adjective accordant with the facts, according to the facts, accredited, accurate, actual, as represented, attested, authoritative, bona fide, certus, credible, demonstrated, dependable, documented, entitled to acceptance and belief, factual,… …   Law dictionary

  • Authentic — Au*then tic, n. An original (book or document). [Obs.] Authentics and transcripts. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • authentic — [adj] real, genuine accurate, actual, authoritative, bona fide, certain, convincing, credible, creditable, dependable, factual, faithful, for real*, legit*, legitimate, official, original, pure, reliable, sure, true, trustworthy, trusty, twenty… …   New thesaurus

  • authentic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of undisputed origin; genuine. DERIVATIVES authentically adverb authenticity noun. ORIGIN Greek authentikos principal, genuine …   English terms dictionary

  • authentic — adjective Etymology: Middle English autentik, from Anglo French, from Late Latin authenticus, from Greek authentikos, from authentēs perpetrator, master, from aut + hentēs (akin to Greek anyein to accomplish, Sanskrit sanoti he gains) Date: 14th… …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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