- not false or copied; genuine; real: an authentic antique.
- having an origin supported by unquestionable evidence; authenticated; verified: an authentic document of the Middle Ages; an authentic work of the old master.
- representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself or to the person identified: a story told in the authentic voice of a Midwestern farmer; a senator’s speech that sounded authentic.
- entitled to acceptance or belief because of agreement with known facts or experience; reliable; trustworthy: an authentic report on poverty in Africa.
- Law. executed with all due formalities: an authentic deed.
- (of a church mode) having a range extending from the final to the octave above.Compare plagal.
- (of a cadence) consisting of a dominant harmony followed by a tonic.
- Obsolete. authoritative.
Origin of authentic
Examples from the Web for authentically
[Laughs] Authentically, Shonda Rhimes and the writers take Cyrus into a little bit of the seventh ring of hell over it.Scandal’s Most Scandalous Character: Jeff Perry on Playing Cyrus
February 28, 2014
She proves that by authentically following a strong personal sense of style its hard to go too far wrong.Dissecting Cressida Bonas's Style: How Prince Harry's Girl Dresses
October 15, 2013
Conservatives fighting to overturn Obamacare are “authentically” representing the voters, Needham says.Heritage Action, the Group Giving Boehner Fits, and Its Confident CEO
October 10, 2013
I could write about and from my own perspective—write truthfully, authentically—and perhaps establish something new.‘Miracle Boy Grows Up’: Ben Mattlin Speaks to Jay McInerney
December 22, 2012
His was created, nurtured, and authentically managed by Noah himself.What Are Your Twitter Followers Worth, and Who Owns Them?
December 28, 2011
In him had been authentically born the mania for conformity.Erik Dorn
Not a sentence that fell from his lips has been authentically recorded.Ephemera Critica
John Churton Collins
It is finely and authentically swollen by the time there is any rapid shouting.Geography and Plays
All old Poems, Homer's and the rest, are authentically Songs.
He proceeded on his pilgrimage with new energy, and felt more and more as if authentically consecrated to the same.The Life of John Sterling
- of undisputed origin or authorship; genuinean authentic signature
- accurate in representation of the facts; trustworthy; reliablean authentic account
- (of a deed or other document) duly executed, any necessary legal formalities having been complied with
- using period instruments and historically researched scores and playing techniques in an attempt to perform a piece as it would have been played at the time it was written
- (in combination)an authentic-instrument performance
- (of a mode as used in Gregorian chant) commencing on the final and ending an octave higher
- (of a cadence) progressing from a dominant to a tonic chord
Word Origin and History for authentically
mid-14c., "authoritative," from Old French autentique (13c., Modern French authentique) "authentic; canonical," and directly from Medieval Latin authenticus, from Greek authentikos "original, genuine, principal," from authentes "one acting on one's own authority," from autos "self" (see auto-) + hentes "doer, being," from PIE *sene- "to accomplish, achieve." Sense of "entitled to acceptance as factual" is first recorded mid-14c.
Traditionally (at least since the 18c.), authentic implies that the contents of the thing in question correspond to the facts and are not fictitious; genuine implies that the reputed author is the real one; though this distinction is not etymological and is not always now recognized.