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Authentic vs. Genuine: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on November 24, 2023
Authentic; Original or true to its nature. Genuine; Real, not counterfeit or fake.

Key Differences

Refers to the truthfulness of origins, attributes, commitments, sincerity, and intentions. It means something is what it claims to be. Genuine: Refers to the fact that something is real or true, not fake or counterfeit.
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An object or work can be labeled as authentic if it is proven to come from a claimed source or maker. Genuine: Genuine items are not fake or imitation but are truly what they appear to be.
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Something authentic adheres to established facts; it's not only real but also original and reliable. Genuine: Something genuine is sincere and free from pretense or deceit; it's fundamentally honest.
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Authenticity is about matching what is on the inside with what is shown on the outside. Genuine: Being genuine is about being sincere and not being a copy or imitation.
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This term often denotes a higher level of quality and is associated with historical or original significance. Genuine: This term assures legitimacy or reality but doesn't necessarily denote premium quality.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Meaning

Original or true to its nature
Real, not fake or counterfeit
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Scope

Broad (covers origin, sincerity, etc.)
Narrower (mainly about being real)
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Associated with

Artifacts, experiences, intentions
Products, feelings, materials
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Value Proposition

Assures originality and reliability
Assures reality and legitimacy
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Origins

Can refer to provenance or historical accuracy
Simply means not a copy or imitation
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Authentic and Genuine Definitions

Authentic

Verified as being true or based on facts.
The document was deemed Authentic after careful examination.
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Genuine

Truly what something is said to be; not fake.
The handbag is made of Genuine leather.
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Authentic

Not a reproduction; original.
The painting is an Authentic Picasso, not a copy.
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Genuine

Sincere; honest in feeling.
She expressed Genuine concern for their well-being.
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Authentic

Representative of one's true nature or beliefs.
Her reaction was Authentic and not staged for cameras.
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Genuine

Not copied or imitated.
The artist's work is Genuine and unique.
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Authentic

Reliable and trustworthy.
He provided Authentic information about the incident.
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Genuine

Not affected or artificial.
His laughter was Genuine, reflecting true joy.
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Authentic

Made or done the same way as an original.
The restaurant offers an Authentic Italian dining experience.
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Genuine

Being free from pretense or deceit.
His apology was Genuine and heartfelt.
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Authentic

Conforming to fact and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief
An authentic account by an eyewitness.
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Genuine

Actually possessing the alleged or apparent attribute or character
Genuine leather.
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Authentic

Being so in fact; not fraudulent or counterfeit
An authentic medieval sword.
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Genuine

Not spurious or counterfeit; authentic
Tests proved that the letter was genuine, and not a forgery.
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Authentic

(Law) Executed in a manner so as to produce legal effectiveness
An authentic deed.
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Genuine

Honestly felt or experienced
Genuine devotion.
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Authentic

Of, relating to, or being a medieval mode having a range from its final tone to the octave above it.
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Genuine

Actual; real
A genuine dilemma.
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Authentic

Of, relating to, or being a cadence with the dominant chord immediately preceding the tonic chord.
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Genuine

Free from hypocrisy or dishonesty; sincere
Is he being genuine in making these compliments?.
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Authentic

(Obsolete) Authoritative.
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Genuine

Being of pure or original stock
A genuine Hawaiian.
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Authentic

Of the same origin as claimed; genuine.
The experts confirmed it was an authentic signature.
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Genuine

Belonging to, or proceeding from the original stock; native
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Authentic

Conforming to reality and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief.
The report was completely authentic.
An authentic writer; an authentic portrait; authentic information
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Genuine

Not counterfeit, spurious, false, or adulterated
A genuine text;
A genuine production;
Genuine materials; genuine friendship
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Authentic

Having the final as the lowest note of the mode.
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Genuine

Belonging to, or proceeding from, the original stock; native;
The evidence, both internal and external, against the genuineness of these letters, is overwhelming.
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Authentic

(obsolete) Authoritative.
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Genuine

Not fake or counterfeit;
A genuine Picasso
Genuine leather
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Authentic

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 avengedOn him who had stole Jove's authentic fire.
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Genuine

Not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed;
Genuine emotion
Her interest in people was unfeigned
True grief
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Authentic

Authoritative.
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Genuine

Being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something;
Her actual motive
A literal solitude like a desert
A genuine dilemma
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Authentic

Of approved authority; true; trustworthy; credible; as, an authentic writer; an authentic portrait; authentic information.
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Authentic

Vested with all due formalities, and legally attested.
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Authentic

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.
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Authentic

An original (book or document).
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Authentic

Conforming to fact and therefore worthy of belief;
An authentic account by an eyewitness
Reliable information
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Authentic

Not counterfeit or copied;
An authentic signature
A bona fide manuscript
An unquestionable antique
Photographs taken in a veritable bull ring
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FAQs

Can a replica be Authentic?

A replica can be Authentic in representing a design, but it isn't an original artifact.
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Is every Genuine product of high quality?

No, Genuine means it's real, not necessarily of high quality.
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What does Authentic mean in terms of artifacts?

Authentic artifacts are verified to be from the stated time period or origin.
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How does Genuine differ from real?

While both indicate reality, Genuine emphasizes sincerity and lack of imitation.
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Can a person's behavior be Genuine but not Authentic?

Yes, someone can sincerely act a certain way (Genuine) that's not true to their inner self (not Authentic).
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Can emotions be termed Authentic or Genuine?

Yes, Authentic emotions are true to one's nature, while Genuine emotions are sincere and not feigned.
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Can experiences be Authentic?

Yes, Authentic experiences resonate deeply and align with one's true self or the essence of a culture.
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Can something be both Authentic and Genuine?

Yes, an item can be both true to its nature (Authentic) and real (Genuine).
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Is Authentic cuisine always made in its country of origin?

No, Authentic cuisine means prepared using traditional methods, not necessarily in the origin country.
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How do museums ensure the Authenticity of items?

They use experts, provenance checks, and sometimes scientific methods to verify Authenticity.
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Is every Genuine apology sincere?

Ideally, yes, as a Genuine apology is meant to express true remorse.
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Can a Genuine product be a replica?

Yes, it can be a real replica, but it's not an original.
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If a product is not Genuine, what is it?

It's likely a counterfeit, fake, or imitation of the real thing.
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Does Genuine always mean original?

No, Genuine means real, not fake, but doesn't necessarily mean it's the first or original.
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What's the opposite of Authentic in terms of behavior?

Inauthentic, which means not true to one's self or being fake.
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What does it mean when leather is Genuine?

Genuine leather is real leather, but it doesn't always indicate the highest quality of leather.
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Is Authentic always a positive attribute?

Generally yes, but Authenticity without ethics or morality can be negative.
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Why do some products have an "Authentic" label?

To assure customers of its originality, quality, or adherence to traditional methods.
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Is there a hierarchy in leather products with "Genuine leather"?

Yes, Genuine leather is real but can be a lower quality than full-grain or top-grain leather.
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Can food be Authentic?

Yes, Authentic food typically adheres to traditional recipes and cooking methods of a culture.
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