1) ADJ: usu ADJ n An authentic person, object, or emotion is genuine.

...authentic Italian food...

She has authentic charm whereas most people simply have nice manners...

They have to look authentic.

genuine, real
fake, imitation
Derived words:
authenticity [[t]ɔ͟ːθentɪ̱sɪti[/t]] N-UNCOUNT usu with poss

There are factors, however, that have cast doubt on the statue's authenticity.

authentically [[t]ɔːθe̱ntɪkli[/t]] ADV-GRADED usu ADV adj/-ed, also ADV after v

Consumers are increasingly interested in the authentically exotic tastes...

The enamel gives new brass an authentically tarnished finish.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n (approval) If you describe something as authentic, you mean that it is such a good imitation that it is almost the same as or as good as the original.

...patterns for making authentic frontier-style clothing.

Derived words:
authentically ADV-GRADED ADV with v, ADV adj

The team decided to try and replicate the missing curtains as authentically as possible.

3) ADJ: usu ADJ n An authentic piece of information or account of something is reliable and accurate.

I had obtained the authentic details about the birth of the organization.

Derived words:
authentically ADV-GRADED

The book authentically and intimately describes the small details of her daily life.

authenticity N-UNCOUNT usu with poss

The film's authenticity of detail has impressed critics.

English dictionary. 2008.


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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, 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 …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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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