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Dictionary Definition

authentic adj
1 conforming to fact and therefore worthy of belief; "an authentic account by an eyewitness"; "reliable information" [syn: reliable]
2 not counterfeit or copied; "an authentic signature"; "a bona fide manuscript"; "an unquestionable antique"; "photographs taken in a veritable bull ring" [syn: bona fide, unquestionable, veritable]

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Alternative spellings


From Greek authentikos, 'principal, genuine'.


  1. Of undisputed origin; genuine.
  2. Conforming to fact and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief.

Extensive Definition

Authenticity refers to the truthfulness of origins, attributions, commitments, sincerity, devotion, and intentions.
Authenticity or Authentic may refer to:

See also

authentic in German: Authentizität
authentic in Finnish: Autenttisuus
authentic in Russian: Аутентичность

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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