authentic

[ aw-then-tik ]
/ ɔˈθɛn tɪk /

adjective

Origin of authentic

1300–50; < Late Latin authenticus “coming from the author, genuine” (also in the neuter, a noun “original document, the original”) < Greek authentikós “original, primary, at first hand,” equivalent to authént(ēs) “one who does things himself” (aut- aut- +-hentēs “doer”) + -ikos -ic; replacing Middle English autentik (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin autenticus

OTHER WORDS FROM authentic

synonym study for authentic

1–4. Authentic, genuine, real, veritable share the sense of actuality and lack of falsehood or misrepresentation. Authentic carries the connotation of authoritative confirmation that things or people are what they are claimed or appear to be: an authentic Rembrandt sketch; an authentic smile. Genuine refers to objects or persons having the characteristics or source claimed or implied: a genuine ivory carving. Real, the most general of these terms, refers to innate or actual—as opposed to ostensible—nature or character: In real life, plans often miscarry. A real diamond will cut glass. Veritable, derived from the Latin word for truth, suggests the general truthfulness but not necessarily the literal or strict correspondence with reality of that which it describes; it is often used metaphorically: a veritable wizard of finance.
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British Dictionary definitions for authentic

authentic
/ (ɔːˈθɛntɪk) /

adjective

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
music
  1. 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
  2. (in combination)an authentic-instrument performance
music
  1. (of a mode as used in Gregorian chant) commencing on the final and ending an octave higher
  2. (of a cadence) progressing from a dominant to a tonic chord
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Derived forms of authentic

authentically, adverbauthenticity (ˌɔːθɛnˈtɪsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for authentic

C14: from Late Latin authenticus coming from the author, from Greek authentikos, from authentēs one who acts independently, from auto- + hentēs a doer
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