Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or condition of being authentic, trustworthy, or genuine.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being authentic, or entitled to acceptance as authoritative, genuine, true, or correct: as, the authenticity of the Scriptures or of a document; the authenticity of a portrait; the authenticity of a statement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being authentic or of established authority for truth and correctness.
  • noun Genuineness; the quality of being genuine or not corrupted from the original.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being genuine or not corrupted from the original.
  • noun Truthfulness of origins, attributions, commitments, sincerity, and intentions.
  • noun obsolete The quality of being authentic (of established authority).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun undisputed credibility

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

authentic +‎ -ity

Examples

  • The only viable option I see to maintain authenticity is to get an older, more muscular actor who looks sort of like Taylor to play Jacob in New Moon.

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  • "The term authenticity has gradually been modified over the years as people have realized that, ultimately, you can't reproduce anything from the past," Prof. Potter says.

    Forsaking 'Authenticity'

  • "The term authenticity has gradually been modified over the years as people have realized that, ultimately, you can't reproduce anything from the past," Prof. Potter says.

    Forsaking 'Authenticity'

  • "The term authenticity has gradually been modified over the years as people have realized that, ultimately, you can't reproduce anything from the past," Prof. Potter says.

    Forsaking 'Authenticity'

  • The Ethics of Authenticity-a book I discovered serendipitously at the library when checking out Bell's book-attempts to defend what he terms the authenticity ideal, the premise that the meaning of life is to discover one's unique self.

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  • That said, though, I do think that "authenticity" is an illusion, that all musical activity is in some way stylized and synthetic, and to make a moral distinction between oral traditions and written traditions on the basis of perceived authenticity is invalid.

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  • That said, though, I do think that "authenticity" is an illusion, that all musical activity is in some way stylized and synthetic, and to make a moral distinction between oral traditions and written traditions on the basis of perceived authenticity is invalid.

    All your compliments and your cutting remarks / Are captured here in my quotation marks

  • While any discussion of the question of authenticity is outside the scope of this article, the use of these terms by Catholic writers is not.

    Our Lady of Guadalupe: Tonantzin or the Virgin Mary?

  • Capturing a sense of authenticity is just too much of an effort.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » And now, Gentlemen, down to business.

  • But in a media and policy environment marked by short attention spans and limited resources, where authenticity is often an index of suffering, we think of our ethnic communities primarily as aggregations of problems and victims, framing the causes and solutions to our issues in terms of stark - but narrow - racial oppositions.

    Gary Dauphin: Shades of Gentrification

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