Definition of inauthentic in English:



  • 1Not in fact what it is said to be.

    ‘the Holy Shroud of Turin is thought to have been proved inauthentic by radiocarbon dating’
    • ‘Protestants traditionally rejected the Apocrypha precisely because these books were fabricated and contained inauthentic material, despite the fact that these books might have been useful for evangelism.’
    • ‘By suggesting that voices of protest are somehow alien and inauthentic, those in authority seek to cloud the issues and evade accountability for their own actions.’
    • ‘Imagine a generation of American teenagers starting Kabuki theatre groups in their garages, and you have some idea of the problem - inauthentic doesn't even begin to describe it.’
    • ‘The subject was of course CBS's grudging acknowledgement that the 60 Minutes documents might possibly be inauthentic.’
    • ‘Developers are turning new downtowns - flush with corporate chains like GAP and Starbucks - into a cartoonish, inauthentic version of American downtowns of yesteryear.’
    • ‘And to whom, exactly, do these documents look inauthentic?’
    • ‘So much is still obscure, corrupt and inauthentic in Ukrainian politics, but at the very heart of this change is something very authentic: human beings hoping to take control of their own destiny.’
    • ‘Popular culture is decadent and degenerate, and we're doomed as a civilisation to a relentless decline into inauthentic, commercialised pap.’
    unconvincing, unbelievable, incredible, ridiculous, absurd, preposterous
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 Not genuinely belonging to a style or period.
      ‘baroque harpsichord pieces played on the decidedly inauthentic modern Steinway’
      • ‘A possible reason for Saigon's weakness was made evident on departure, when we discovered that the restaurateurs had never been to Vietnam - thus explaining the slightly inauthentic food on offer.’
      • ‘It implies that there are literary forms and styles, literary subjects and interests, that are likewise inauthentic and consequently inappropriate for ethnic writers.’
      • ‘And yet, DeMille was routinely ignored, dismissed or devalued by the critics as old fashioned, inauthentic and disingenuous.’
    2. 1.2 Lacking sincerity.
      ‘people close to death could not waste time being inauthentic’
      • ‘In so many places, real life has retreated, squeezed out by the inauthentic and the superficial.’
      • ‘Everyone is a caricature, manufactured and inauthentic.’
      • ‘But I started talking about my sex life because what is causing me problems in my work life is feeling dishonest, feeling inauthentic, and feeling insecure.’
      • ‘He comes across as a shallow, inarticulate man, simplistic in speech and inauthentic in manner.’
      • ‘That I might be one day disingenuous, inauthentic, think too much of myself, imagine that I know something more than somebody else knows and get run away - let this thing run away with me.’