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1    of undisputed origin or authorship; genuine  
an authentic signature     
2    accurate in representation of the facts; trustworthy; reliable  
an authentic account     
3    (of a deed or other document) duly executed, any necessary legal formalities having been complied with  
4      (Music)  
a    using period instruments and historically researched scores and playing techniques in an attempt to perform a piece as it would have been played at the time it was written  
b    (in combination)  
an authentic-instrument performance     
5      (Music)  
a    (of a mode as used in Gregorian chant) commencing on the final and ending an octave higher  
b    (of a cadence) progressing from a dominant to a tonic chord  
   Compare       plagal  
     (C14: from Late Latin authenticus coming from the author, from Greek authentikos, from authentes one who acts independently, from auto- + hentes a doer)  
  authentically      adv  
  authenticity      n  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


accurate, actual, authoritative, bona fide, certain, dependable, factual, faithful, genuine, legitimate, on the level     (informal)   original, pure, real, reliable, simon-pure     (rare)   the real McCoy, true, true-to-life, trustworthy, valid, veritable  
   counterfeit, fake, false, fictitious, fraudulent, hypothetical, imitation, misleading, mock, pseudo     (informal)   spurious, supposed, synthetic, unfaithful, unreal, untrue  

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