Definition of authentic in English:


(also auth.)


  • 1Of undisputed origin; genuine.

    ‘the letter is now accepted as an authentic document’
    ‘authentic 14th-century furniture’
    • ‘‘I'm firmly convinced that the memos are authentic and the stories are accurate,’ he said.’
    • ‘The authentic Riesling of German origin is regarded as one of the world's greatest grapes.’
    • ‘It is impossible to know yet if the manuscript being translated is authentic, because its origin is mysterious.’
    • ‘She added that readers need to have assurance that scanned data is authentic and accurate.’
    • ‘They said, finally, they weren't even able to determine whether these documents were authentic or whether they were forged.’
    • ‘His best work, often direct copies of authentic Maori artefacts, deceived art experts and collectors around the world.’
    • ‘Her enthusiasm is completely genuine, completely authentic.’
    • ‘On several occasions he suggested that particular documents were not authentic, when the documents in question were plainly genuine.’
    • ‘We sat on the side of the road, contemplating the fact that we were about to have a much more authentic Cambodian experience then any of us had planned.’
    • ‘Anger and hatred are powerless in the face of authentic human kindness.’
    • ‘He is in no doubt that the document is an authentic copy of the original.’
    • ‘In an attempt to clamp down on age falsification, the organizers said they would demand that team officials submit authentic birth documents of their athletes.’
    • ‘His wide vibrato had an authentic Russian sound.’
    • ‘In recent years, Disney's park designers have filled the place with what look like real antiques, genuine artifacts, authentic junk.’
    • ‘A letter should have been sent to confirm that the references were genuine and authentic,’ he said.’
    • ‘He is a genuine tycoon, an authentic media mogul who dominates the newspapers and networks of his native land as completely as he does its political firmament.’
    • ‘I want to believe these documents are authentic.’
    • ‘But such verification does not demonstrate that the documents are authentic.’
    • ‘But by now most people with brains understand the documents are most likely authentic.’
    genuine, original, real, actual, pukka, bona fide, true, veritable
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    1. 1.1 Made or done in the traditional or original way, or in a way that faithfully resembles an original.
      ‘the restaurant serves authentic Italian meals’
      ‘every detail of the movie was totally authentic’
      • ‘We were critical, looking for authentic Mexican traditions or truly creative variations.’
      • ‘Scholars believe that this is how Mozart intended the music to be played in the first place; the string orchestra version that usually is heard might not be authentic.’
      • ‘When we live according to our authentic traditions, we do not see anti-social behavior.’
      • ‘They hoped their own approach based on authentic Korean food would change this situation.’
      • ‘The costumes and set design are stylish and impressive, full of bright colors and wonderfully authentic period detail.’
      • ‘Each successful composer rose from some authentic tradition.’
      • ‘The organisers claim they will follow traditional cooking methods and authentic ingredients to prepare the dishes.’
      • ‘And there is no more authentic way to experience Italy and its food at an affordable price.’
      • ‘These hotels and restaurants did all they could to recreate all that is authentic in traditional Kerala cuisine.’
      • ‘‘What we aim to do is to continue making haggis in the authentic way, which means using traditional ingredients sourced in Scotland,’ says Jo MacSween.’
      • ‘This recipe is far from authentic and is based on one given to me by Fraser - who uses garam masala, curry powder and cumin instead of the curry paste.’
      • ‘It is totally unpretentious, service is good, the meals are very authentic, the standard of food is consistent, and we've had many memorable evenings there.’
      • ‘A local cook was hired to provide the authentic southern-style meals at the lodge.’
      • ‘Threads for the work have been dyed in authentic colours of the period, using natural dyes some of which have been derived from plants like cow parsley, madder and walnut tree, picked locally by society volunteers.’
      • ‘The crowd then made their way back to the High Cross Inn where they celebrated St Patrick s Day with traditional music including authentic bag pipe playing.’
      • ‘Our last night we decided to go out and spend some big money on an authentic Icelandic meal.’
      • ‘It has all the right ingredients for a really authentic Mexican meal and there's no doubt they know what they're doing.’
      • ‘Parents can join in the Elizabethan dancing with actors in authentic costumes copied from portraits, while children play with Elizabethan toys.’
      • ‘The restaurant ensures that Mangalorean cuisine is made and served in its traditional and authentic form.’
      • ‘Weapons are authentic copies of originals and armour is hand-beaten from sheet metal, as it would have been.’
      • ‘These centres regard themselves as inheritors of authentic traditions.’
      graphic, evocative, realistic, true to life, lifelike, faithful, clear, crystal clear, detailed, lucid, striking, arresting, impressive, colourful, highly coloured, rich, dramatic, picturesque, lively, stimulating, interesting, fascinating, scintillating
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    2. 1.2 Based on facts; accurate or reliable.
      ‘an authentic depiction of the situation’
      • ‘The written word persuasively conveys the authentic ring of reliable authority in a way the recollected spoken word does not.’
      • ‘Fuseli's pictures pulsate with authentic depictions of lust, fear, violence and death.’
      • ‘The story could not have continued to exist unless it had been authentic and genuine.’
      • ‘There are many times - in our obligation to be fair, accurate and authentic - when we must tell the painful truth with words and images.’
      • ‘By contrast, the vision of early monasticism presented in the Letters of Antony should be understood as both authentic and reliable.’
      • ‘He has already lauded the film as ‘the most authentic depiction of modern soldiering ever put on film’.’
      • ‘The memory of viewing does not always present an authentic or reliable version of what we have seen.’
      • ‘What lacked so far is an authentic compilation of facts about this treasure trove of nature.’
      • ‘Behind all these novels are authentic and well-researched field notes, which can make any anthropologist proud.’
      • ‘Because of his intimate knowledge of the Sikh society and his being a near contemporary of Sri Guru Nanak, his writings are historically authentic and reliable.’
      • ‘So then, were these first 11 chapters written as a record of authentic historical facts?’
      • ‘And the other important precept was that if I wanted the books to be authentic and accurate, then they needed to be refereed by the person doing the most up-to-date field research.’
      • ‘It's based upon an authentic story that happened in the '20s and '30s.’
      • ‘Creating authentic images depends on coherent focusing, color correction and proper whiteness.’
      • ‘And that might make possible more accurate and authentic journalism.’
      • ‘He had provided an authentic and authoritative history of the competition.’
      • ‘Earlier an unnamed assistant editor had emphasised ‘the need for publishing absolutely accurate and authentic information’.’
      reliable, dependable, trustworthy, authoritative, honest, faithful
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    3. 1.3 (in existentialist philosophy) relating to or denoting an emotionally appropriate, significant, purposive, and responsible mode of human life.
      • ‘This does not in any way mean suppressing authentic and appropriate emotional expressiveness, which is part of the primary goal of Bowen therapy.’
      • ‘In this sense, his authorial interventions served, in his own mind, to create an emotionally authentic text.’
      • ‘For Heidegger, authentic existence begins from self-understanding.’
      • ‘Self-expression is validated as a genuine and authentic act, and is often favourably contrasted to what is perceived as the estranged artificial world of politics.’
      • ‘As such, for Heidegger, an authentic existence requires as its precondition a radical and not received experience of the past.’
      • ‘To be authentic and responsible, faith must be free.’
      • ‘The two of us have always been very close, and that is reinforced now by the fact that she's the most authentic of the three, and the one I find it easier to ‘pick up where we left off’ with.’
      • ‘She is simply asserting that she embodies a qualitatively better, more authentic way of being a person.’
      • ‘Now he's presenting this series, being seen, as an African, as a more authentic and authoritative voice.’
      • ‘It is a theory that lacks a methodology and offers relatively little guidance to the individual other than that one should be authentic and responsible.’
      • ‘Thus, human parenthood is an aspect of the divine image that defines authentic human identity.’
      • ‘It is this deeper problem which lies at the heart of the breakdown of marriage and family, or of any authentic human, loving relationship.’
      • ‘By contrast, Bergson offers an authentic conception of difference because his interpretation makes difference, instead of negation, a primitive.’
      • ‘The connection between words and actions - doing what we say - is central to the question of the nature of wisdom, authentic knowledge, and authority.’
      • ‘The book is about the cost of this decision and how Kate comes to find a more authentic way of life.’
      • ‘This is a very Western idea - that we have that privilege and that in fact makes us more authentic as artists.’
      • ‘For the fact is that any authentic future must be to some extent in line with the present as well as discontinuous with it.’
      • ‘You got a sense that there was one person taking the heat, being accountable, being authoritative and being authentic.’
      • ‘Hence, he argues that the appropriate mode for authentic human existence is the personal.’
      • ‘This hardly seems an authentic and fully expressive mode of Being.’
      • ‘At this stage, the personality serves as a surrogate to the authentic existence provided by and through contemplation of the Soul.’
  • 2Music
    (of a church mode) comprising the notes lying between the principal note or final and the note an octave higher.

    Compare with plagal


Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin authenticus, from Greek authentikos ‘principal, genuine’.