Definition of inauthentic in US 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The subject was of course CBS's grudging acknowledgement that the 60 Minutes documents might possibly be inauthentic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    unconvincing, unbelievable, incredible, ridiculous, absurd, preposterous
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    1. 1.1 Not genuinely belonging to a style or period.
      ‘baroque harpsichord pieces played on the decidedly inauthentic modern Steinway’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Lacking full reality or sincerity.
      ‘people close to death could not waste time being inauthentic’
      • ‘He comes across as a shallow, inarticulate man, simplistic in speech and inauthentic in manner.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In so many places, real life has retreated, squeezed out by the inauthentic and the superficial.’
      • ‘Everyone is a caricature, manufactured and inauthentic.’