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Meaning of AUTHENTIC

Pronunciation:  o'thentik

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

AUTHENTIC is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: bona fide, echt, genuine, reliable, trustworthy, trusty, unquestionable, veritable



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Au*then"tic\, a. [OE. autentik, OF. autentique, F.
    authentique, L. authenticus coming from the real author, of
    original or firsthand authority, from Gr. ?, fr. ? suicide, a
    perpetrator or real author of any act, an absolute master;
    a'yto`s self + a form "enths (not found), akin to L. sons and
    perh. orig. from the p. pr. of e'i^nai to be, root as, and
    meaning the one it really is. See {Am}, {Sin}, n., and cf.
    1. Having a genuine original or authority, in opposition to
       that which is false, fictitious, counterfeit, or
       apocryphal; being what it purports to be; genuine; not of
       doubtful origin; real; as, an authentic paper or register.
             To be avenged On him who had stole Jove's authentic
             fire.                                 --Milton.
    2. Authoritative. [Obs.] --Milton.
    3. Of approved authority; true; trustworthy; credible; as, an
       authentic writer; an authentic portrait; authentic
    4. (Law) Vested with all due formalities, and legally
    5. (Mus.) Having as immediate relation to the tonic, in
       distinction from plagal, which has a correspondent
       relation to the dominant in the octave below the tonic.
    Syn: {Authentic}, {Genuine}.
    Usage: These words, as here compared, have reference to
           historical documents. We call a document genuine when
           it can be traced back ultimately to the author or
           authors from whom it professes to emanate. Hence, the
           word has the meaning, ``not changed from the original,
           uncorrupted, unadulterated:'' as, a genuine text. We
           call a document authentic when, on the ground of its
           being thus traced back, it may be relied on as true
           and authoritative (from the primary sense of ``having
           an author, vouched for''); hence its extended
           signification, in general literature, of trustworthy,
           as resting on unquestionable authority or evidence;
           as, an authentic history; an authentic report of
                 A genuine book is that which was written by the
                 person whose name it bears, as the author of it.
                 An authentic book is that which relates matters
                 of fact as they really happened. A book may be
                 genuine without being, authentic, and a book may
                 be authentic without being genuine. --Bp.
    Note: It may be said, however, that some writers use
          authentic (as, an authentic document) in the sense of
          ``produced by its professed author, not counterfeit.''
  2. \Au*then"tic\, n.
    An original (book or document). [Obs.] ``Authentics and
    transcripts.'' --Fuller.
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