adjective au·then·tic \ə-ˈthen-tik, -\

: real or genuine : not copied or false

: true and accurate

: made to be or look just like an original

Full Definition of AUTHENTIC

obsolete :  authoritative
a :  worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to or based on fact <paints an authentic picture of our society>
b :  conforming to an original so as to reproduce essential features <an authentic reproduction of a colonial farmhouse>
c :  made or done the same way as an original <authentic Mexican fare>
:  not false or imitation :  real, actual <an authentic cockney accent>
a of a church mode :  ranging upward from the keynote — compare plagal 1
b of a cadence :  progressing from the dominant chord to the tonic — compare plagal 2
:  true to one's own personality, spirit, or character
au·then·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
au·then·tic·i·ty \ˌ-ˌthen-ˈti-sə-tē, -thən-\ noun

Examples of AUTHENTIC

  1. In 1879 expert opinion was unanimous in rejecting Sautuola's timid suggestion that the ceiling paintings in his family's cave were made by the same prehistoric hunters whose stone and bone artifacts he had been collecting from the cave floor. He was accused of forgery and not until 1902, when discovery of similar paintings in several French caves supported Sautuola's claim, did experts agree that they were authentic relics of Paleolithic times. —William H. McNeill, New York Review, 19 Oct. 2006


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)
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of AUTHENTIC

authentic, genuine, bona fide mean being actually and exactly what is claimed. authentic implies being fully trustworthy as according with fact <an authentic account of the perilous journey>; it can also stress painstaking or faithful imitation of an original <an authentic reproduction> <authentic Vietnamese cuisine>. genuine implies actual character not counterfeited, imitated, or adulterated <genuine piety> <genuine maple syrup>; it also connotes definite origin from a source <a genuine Mark Twain autograph>. bona fide implies good faith and sincerity of intention <a bona fide offer for the stock>.

Rhymes with AUTHENTIC

AUTHENTIC Defined for Kids


adjective au·then·tic \ə-ˈthen-tik, -\

Definition of AUTHENTIC for Kids

:  being really what it seems to be :  genuine <an authentic signature>
au·then·ti·cal·ly \-i-kə-lē\ adverb


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