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If you happen to be unacquainted with its authentic history, so much the better.

My information is authentic, for I had a casual acquaintance with him in England.

There are no authentic portraits of him, though hundreds have been printed.

Only one authentic portrait of Columbus is known to have been painted.

The progress of his writings is also the history of his life; we have no other authentic life of him.

This is all we have that is certain and authentic on the subject of Simon the magician.

They are additions to the stock of authentic Apician recipes.

Here, it must be remembered, there is no authentic original at all.

Of course, sir; the letter had some details which proved it to be authentic.

Here, too, is a portrait of him, which is alleged to be authentic.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "authoritative," from Old French autentique (13c., Modern French authentique) "authentic; canonical," and directly from Medieval Latin authenticus, from Greek authentikos "original, genuine, principal," from authentes "one acting on one's own authority," from autos "self" (see auto-) + hentes "doer, being," from PIE *sene- "to accomplish, achieve." Sense of "entitled to acceptance as factual" is first recorded mid-14c.

Traditionally (at least since the 18c.), authentic implies that the contents of the thing in question correspond to the facts and are not fictitious; genuine implies that the reputed author is the real one; though this distinction is not etymological and is not always now recognized.

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