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genuine

[jen-yoo-in]
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; < Latin genuīnus innate, natural = genu-, as in ingenuus native (see ingenuous) + -īnus -ine1

genuinely, adverb
genuineness, noun
nongenuine, adjective
nongenuinely, adverb
nongenuineness, noun
quasi-genuine, adjective
quasi-genuinely, adverb
ungenuine, adjective
ungenuinely, adverb
ungenuineness, noun


1. See authentic. 3. true, unaffected, open, honest, forthright.


Two pronunciations of genuine occur, with a sharp social contrast between them. The usual educated pronunciation is [jen-yoo-in] with the final syllable unstressed. Among some less educated speakers, especially older ones, genuine is commonly pronounced as [jen-yoo-ahyn] 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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genuine (ˈdʒɛnjʊɪn)
 
adj
1.  not fake or counterfeit; original; real; authentic
2.  not pretending; frank; sincere
3.  being of authentic or original stock
 
[C16: from Latin genuīnus inborn, hence (in Late Latin) authentic, from gignere to produce]
 
'genuinely
 
adv
 
'genuineness
 
n

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genuine
1596, from L. genuinus "native, natural," from root of gignere "beget" (see genus), perhaps infl. in form by contrasting adulterinus "spurious." Alternative etymology is from L. genu "knee," from an ancient custom of a father acknowledging paternity of a newborn by placing it on his knee.
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