- 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 authentic
He often receives inquiries from sellers eager to verify that their items are authentic.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts
November 23, 2014
Want an authentic dinner with a local on your next vacation abroad, far from the overpriced tourist traps?The Airbnb of Home-Cooked Meals
November 3, 2014
Because there are a whole bunch of different ways for African American men to be authentic.Charles Barkley Is Right on ‘Acting White’
October 29, 2014
Ours is a bit messier, but every bit as authentic as far as period recreations.Viggo Mortensen Talks ‘The Two Faces of January,’ Blasts Fox News and Israel’s ‘State Terrorism’
September 27, 2014
“All the background extras are real soldiers, and the vehicles, guns, everything are authentic,” says Monaghan.Michelle Monaghan on ‘Fort Bliss,’ the Lack of Roles for Women, and ‘True Detective’ Hysteria
September 23, 2014
If you happen to be unacquainted with its authentic history, so much the better.Other Tales and Sketches
My information is authentic, for I had a casual acquaintance with him in England.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
There are no authentic portraits of him, though hundreds have been printed.
Only one authentic portrait of Columbus is known to have been painted.
The progress of his writings is also the history of his life; we have no other authentic life of him.Laws
- 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 authentic
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.