Definition of authentic in English:

authentic

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Pronunciation: /ɔːˈθɛntɪk
 
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adjective

  • 1Of undisputed origin and not a copy; genuine: the letter is now accepted as an authentic document
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    • 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
    genuine, original, real, actual, pukka, bona fide, true, veritable; sterling; attested, undisputed, rightful, legitimate, lawful, legal, valid; German echt
    Australian/New Zealand informal dinkum
    rare simon-pure
  • 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 film 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
    reliable, dependable, trustworthy, authoritative, honest, faithful; accurate, exact, factual, true, truthful, veracious, true to life
    informal straight from the horse's mouth
    rare veridical
  • 1.3(In existentialist philosophy) relating to or denoting an emotionally appropriate, significant, purposive, and responsible mode of human life.
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    • 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) containing notes between the final (the principal note) and the note an octave higher. Compare with plagal.

Derivatives

authentically

adverb
[as submodifier]: the food is authentically Cajun
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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