authentic

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 accepted; trustworthy; reliable [an authentic news report]
2. that is in fact as represented; genuine; real [an authentic antique]
3. legally attested or executed, as a deed, affidavit, etc.
4. true to its type; conforming to an original in style, methods, etc. [authentic Japanese cooking]
5. Obs. authoritative
authentically
adv.
SYN.- AUTHENTIC implies reliability and trustworthiness, stressing that the thing considered is in agreement with fact or actuality [an authentic report ]; GENUINE is applied to that which really is what it is represented to be, emphasizing freedom from admixture, adulteration, sham, etc. [genuine silk; genuine grief ]; BONA FIDE is properly used when a question of good faith is involved; VERITABLE implies correspondence with the truth and connotes absolute affirmation [a veritable fool ] -ANT. SPURIOUS, COUNTERFEIT, SHAM

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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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 — (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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