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genuine

[jen-yoo-in] /ˈdʒɛn yu ɪn/
adjective
1.
possessing the claimed or attributed character, quality, or origin; not counterfeit; authentic; real:
genuine sympathy; a genuine antique.
2.
properly so called:
a genuine case of smallpox.
3.
free from pretense, affectation, or hypocrisy; sincere:
a genuine person.
4.
descended from the original stock; pure in breed:
a genuine Celtic people.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin genuīnus innate, natural = genu-, as in ingenuus native (see ingenuous) + -īnus -ine1
Related forms
genuinely, adverb
genuineness, noun
nongenuine, adjective
nongenuinely, adverb
nongenuineness, noun
quasi-genuine, adjective
quasi-genuinely, adverb
ungenuine, adjective
ungenuinely, adverb
ungenuineness, noun
Synonyms
1. See authentic. 3. true, unaffected, open, honest, forthright.
Pronunciation note
Two pronunciations of genuine occur, with a sharp social contrast between them. The usual educated pronunciation is
[jen-yoo-in] /ˈdʒɛn yu ɪn/ (Show IPA)
with the final syllable unstressed. Among some less educated speakers, especially older ones, genuine is commonly pronounced as
[jen-yoo-ahyn] /ˈdʒɛn yuˌaɪn/
with a secondary stress on the final syllable, which has the vowel of sign. The latter pronunciation is sometimes used deliberately by educated speakers, as for emphasis or humorous effect.
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British Dictionary definitions for genuinely

genuine

/ˈdʒɛnjʊɪn/
adjective
1.
not fake or counterfeit; original; real; authentic
2.
not pretending; frank; sincere
3.
being of authentic or original stock
Derived Forms
genuinely, adverb
genuineness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin genuīnus inborn, hence (in Late Latin) authentic, from gignere to produce
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Word Origin and History for genuinely

genuine

adj.

1590s, "natural, not acquired," from Latin genuinus "native, natural," from root of gignere "beget" (see genus), perhaps influenced in form by contrasting adulterinus "spurious." [Alternative etymology is from Latin genu "knee," from a supposed ancient custom of a father acknowledging paternity of a newborn by placing it on his knee.] Meaning "really proceeding from its reputed source" is from 1660s. Related: Genuinely; genuineness.

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