[ jen-yoo-in ]
/ ˈdʒɛn yu ɪn /
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.
Origin of genuine
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM genuine
gen·u·ine·ly, adverbgen·u·ine·ness, nounnon·gen·u·ine, adjectivenon·gen·u·ine·ly, adverb
non·gen·u·ine·ness, nounqua·si-gen·u·ine, adjectivequa·si-gen·u·ine·ly, adverbun·gen·u·ine, adjectiveun·gen·u·ine·ly, adverbun·gen·u·ine·ness, noun
Words nearby genuine
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British Dictionary definitions for non-genuine
/ (ˈdʒɛnjʊɪn) /
not fake or counterfeit; original; real; authentic
not pretending; frank; sincere
being of authentic or original stock
Derived forms of genuinegenuinely, adverbgenuineness, noun
Word Origin for genuine
C16: from Latin genuīnus inborn, hence (in Late Latin) authentic, from gignere to produce
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