Origin of genuine
Synonyms for genuine
Related Words for ungenuinespecious, bogus, phony, false, mythical, untrue, unsubstantiated, inaccurate, fictitious, natural, irregular, fake, imperfect, sham, mongrel, inferior, counterfeit, adulterated, impure, misbegotten
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Word Origin for genuine
1590s, "natural, not acquired," from Latin genuinus "native, natural," from root of gignere "beget" (see genus), perhaps influenced in form by contrasting adulterinus "spurious." [Alternative etymology is from Latin genu "knee," from a supposed ancient custom of a father acknowledging paternity of a newborn by placing it on his knee.] Meaning "really proceeding from its reputed source" is from 1660s. Related: Genuinely; genuineness.