Definition of genuine in English:


Line breaks: genu|ine
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛnjʊɪn


1Truly what something is said to be; authentic: genuine 24-carat gold
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  • Latham is showing us all that the next election will be a genuine race, a real battle.
  • I want to be able to go over to Brick Lane in the East End to eat a real, genuine London bagel.
  • The Real Madrid boss is one of the genuine enigmas of modern football.
1.1(Of a person, emotion, or action) sincere: a genuine attempt to put things right there was genuine affection in his voice
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  • Sorry to a bit all over the place but I am feeling genuine distress and anger at all of this.
  • The meeting is open to all with a genuine interest in having a say in the future of their community.
  • It is a shame that governments do not have the same genuine compassion shown by ordinary citizens.
North American informal on the up and up
Australian/New Zealand informal dinkum


late 16th century (in the sense 'natural or proper'): from Latin genuinus, from genu 'knee' (with reference to the Roman custom of a father acknowledging paternity of a newborn child by placing it on his knee); later associated with genus 'birth, race, stock'.



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  • The flash back stuff was genuinely unsettling, partly because it was all so real.
  • Vin is also genuinely funny and his between-song anecdotes are very much part of his show.
  • What impresses me is how genuinely enthusiastic Oliver is about the whole thing.


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  • The honesty of the lyrics and genuineness of the performance can leave only the stoniest of souls unmoved.
  • It's quite clear now that news broadcaster acted without concern for the genuineness of the documents.
  • Personally, I've been a long-time opponent of the armed struggle, but that has never blinded me to the genuineness of the convictions of those engaged in it.

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