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Middle English autentik, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin authenticus, from Greek authentikos, from authentēs perpetrator, master, from aut- + -hentēs (akin to Greek anyein to accomplish, Sanskrit sanoti he gains)


b : conforming to an original so as to reproduce essential features <an authentic reproduction of a colonial farmhouse>
c : made or done the same way as an original <authentic Mexican fare>
  • 3 : not false or imitation : real, actual <based on authentic documents> <an authentic cockney accent>
  • 4 a of a church mode : ranging upward from the keynote — compare plagal b of a cadence : progressing from the dominant chord to the tonic — compare plagal 2
  • 5 : true to one's own personality, spirit, or character
  • au·then·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
  • au·then·tic·i·ty \ˌȯ-ˌthen-ˈti-sə-tē, -thən-\ noun


genuine, bona fide mean being actually and exactly what is claimed. authentic implies being fully trustworthy as according with fact <an authentic account of the perilous journey>; it can also stress painstaking or faithful imitation of an original <an authentic reproduction> <authentic Vietnamese cuisine>. genuine implies actual character not counterfeited, imitated, or adulterated <genuine piety> <genuine maple syrup>; it also connotes definite origin from a source <a genuine Mark Twain autograph>. bona fide implies good faith and sincerity of intention <a bona fide offer for the stock>.