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authentic

Syllabification: au·then·tic
Pronunciation: /ôˈTHen(t)ik
 
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(abbreviation: auth.)

Definition of authentic in English:

adjective

1Of undisputed origin; genuine: the letter is now accepted as an authentic document authentic 14th-century furniture
More example sentences
  • He is in no doubt that the document is an authentic copy of the original.
  • In recent years, Disney's park designers have filled the place with what look like real antiques, genuine artifacts, authentic junk.
  • A letter should have been sent to confirm that the references were genuine and authentic,’ he said.
Synonyms
1.1Made or done in the traditional or original way, or in a way that faithfully resembles an original: the restaurant serves authentic Italian meals every detail of the movie was totally authentic
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  • These hotels and restaurants did all they could to recreate all that is authentic in traditional Kerala cuisine.
  • The restaurant ensures that Mangalorean cuisine is made and served in its traditional and authentic form.
  • The crowd then made their way back to the High Cross Inn where they celebrated St Patrick s Day with traditional music including authentic bag pipe playing.
1.2Based on facts; accurate or reliable: an authentic depiction of the situation
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  • The written word persuasively conveys the authentic ring of reliable authority in a way the recollected spoken word does not.
  • It's based upon an authentic story that happened in the '20s and '30s.
  • Earlier an unnamed assistant editor had emphasised ‘the need for publishing absolutely accurate and authentic information’.
Synonyms
1.3(In existentialist philosophy) relating to or denoting an emotionally appropriate, significant, purposive, and responsible mode of human life.
Example sentences
  • Hence, he argues that the appropriate mode for authentic human existence is the personal.
  • For Heidegger, authentic existence begins from self-understanding.
  • As such, for Heidegger, an authentic existence requires as its precondition a radical and not received experience of the past.
2 Music (Of a church mode) comprising the notes lying between the principal note or final and the note an octave higher. Compare with plagal.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin authenticus, from Greek authentikos 'principal, genuine'.

Derivatives

authentically

1
Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
[as submodifier]: the food is authentically Cajun
More example sentences
  • The restaurant is famous for its authentically spicy food; if you have a mild palate, bring plenty of water.
  • The result is an authentically eerie, but faithful, rendering of Guthrie's songs.
  • In almost every episode, no matter how carefully and authentically the story is told, feature film footage is used to spice-up the visual imagery.

Words that rhyme with authentic

crescentic

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