genuine

[ jen-yoo-in ]
/ ˈdʒɛn yu ɪn /

adjective

possessing the claimed or attributed character, quality, or origin; not counterfeit; authentic; real: genuine sympathy; a genuine antique.
properly so called: a genuine case of smallpox.
free from pretense, affectation, or hypocrisy; sincere: a genuine person.
descended from the original stock; pure in breed: a genuine Celtic people.

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Origin of genuine

1590–1600; < Latin genuīnus innate, natural, equivalent to genu, as in ingenuus native (see ingenuous) + -īnus -ine1

SYNONYMS FOR genuine

1 See authentic.
3 true, unaffected, open, honest, forthright.

pronunciation note for genuine

Two pronunciations of genuine occur, with a sharp social contrast between them. The usual educated pronunciation is [jen-yoo-in] /ˈdʒɛn yu ɪn/, with the final syllable unstressed. Among some less educated speakers, especially older ones, genuine is commonly pronounced as [jen-yoo-ahyn] /ˈdʒɛn yuˌaɪn/, with a secondary stress on the final syllable, which has the vowel of sign. The latter pronunciation is sometimes used deliberately by educated speakers, as for emphasis or humorous effect.

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British Dictionary definitions for non-genuine

genuine
/ (ˈdʒɛnjʊɪn) /

adjective

not fake or counterfeit; original; real; authentic
not pretending; frank; sincere
being of authentic or original stock

Derived forms of genuine

genuinely, adverbgenuineness, noun

Word Origin for genuine

C16: from Latin genuīnus inborn, hence (in Late Latin) authentic, from gignere to produce
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