- 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
Related Words for unauthenticspecious, bogus, phony, false, affected, apocryphal, artificial, assumed, bastard, bent, bum, contrived, deceitful, deceptive, dummy, ersatz, feigned, forged, illegitimate, imitation
Examples from the Web for unauthentic
Historical Examples of 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 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.