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the quality of being ; genuineness.
Contemporary Examples

I wanted there to be an authenticity in this to where people were really horrified by these events.
The Snowtown Murders: Australia’s Gruesome Crime Saga on Film Marlow Stern March 3, 2012

Her search for authenticity gets her strip-searched, high on pot, and into bar fights, among other things.
This Week’s Hot Reads: Jan. 7, 2013 Mythili Rao January 6, 2013

“Our vision is to create a world flowing with authenticity,” Secret writes.
Ashton Kutcher Is Investing in the Anonymous Confessional App Secret Abby Haglage March 13, 2014

Her supporters are enthusiastic, buoyed mostly by what they see as her authenticity, a rare quality in a national candidate.
Bachmann’s Iowa Triumph Kirsten Powers August 12, 2011

A political activist who has previously published letters by prisoners has confirmed the authenticity of the letter.
Friends Speak Out on Iranian Blogger Sattar Beheshti’s Alleged Torture Omid Memarian November 14, 2012

Historical Examples

If the letter was preserved the seal was kept attached to it in order to attest its authenticity.
The Private Life of the Romans Harold Whetstone Johnston

The very language of the original is proof for its authenticity.
Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome Apicius

The credit of suggesting this crushing argument against the authenticity of the letter belongs to Dr. Deiters.
The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume II (of 3) Alexander Wheelock Thayer

I suppose so, but we had reasons for doubting their authenticity.
The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

The author of Supernatural Religion has made a point of this reading in arguing against the authenticity of the fourth Gospel.
Tent Work in Palestine Claude Reignier Conder


1760; see authentic + -ity. Earlier form was authentity (1650s).


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