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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Authentic  \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 
  {Effendi}.] 
  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 
  information. 
 
  4.  (Law)  Vested  with  all  due  formalities,  and  legally 
  attested. 
 
  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  historical  documents.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 
  facts. 
 
  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. 
  Watson. 
 
  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.'' 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Authentic  \Au*then"tic\,  n. 
  An  original  (book  or  document).  [Obs.]  ``Authentics  and 
  transcripts.''  --Fuller. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  authentic 
  adj  1:  conforming  to  fact  and  therefore  worthy  of  belief;  "an 
  authentic  account  by  an  eyewitness";  "reliable 
  information";  "a  faithful  source"  [syn:  {reliable},  {faithful}] 
  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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