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From Middle English authentik, from Old French autentique, from Latin authenticus, from Ancient Greek αὐθεντικός (authentikós, principal, genuine), from Ancient Greek αὐθέντης (authéntēs, lord, master).

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authentic (comparative more authentic, superlative most authentic)

  1. Of the same origin as claimed; genuine.
    The experts confirmed it was an authentic signature.
  2. Conforming to reality and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief.
    an authentic writer; an authentic portrait; authentic information
    The report was completely authentic.
  3. (music)
    1. Designating a mode having the final as the lowest note.
    2. Designating a cadence in which the dominant chord precedes the tonic.
  4. (obsolete) Authoritative.

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