- 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 unauthentic
Do you consider the names of the seventy-two elders also unauthentic?My New Curate
But it is only their connection with the West Saxon house that is unauthentic.Beowulf
R. W. Chambers
"I have seen a lot of unauthentic relics," she said with a touch of obstinacy.The Gambler
Katherine Cecil Thurston
They were not spurious, nor, so far as we know, unauthentic; but rather imperfect.Companion to the Bible
E. P. Barrows
For the view that they are unauthentic see Holtzmann, Hand-comm.The Life of Jesus of Nazareth
- 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 unauthentic
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.