Authentic

Definition of Authentic

Au`then´tic
a.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.
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.
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.
n.1.An original (book or document).

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