Adjective "genuine" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Truly what something is said to be; authentic.
  1. 'Performed with such brilliance, they aptly recreate genuine folk music of the era.'
  2. 'While their legitimacy is being disputed in some quarters, to many Pollock authorities the paintings appear genuine.'
  3. 'I want to be able to go over to Brick Lane in the East End to eat a real, genuine London bagel.'
  4. 'The Real Madrid boss is one of the genuine enigmas of modern football.'
  5. 'Nothing could prove beyond all possible dispute that the tapes are genuine or fakes.'
  6. 'Latham is showing us all that the next election will be a genuine race, a real battle.'
  7. 'It is thought that during the transaction a genuine computer is swapped for the dummy package.'
  8. 'there was genuine affection in his voice'
  9. 'There was genuine appreciation for what is happening here and we now have a great deal to shout about.'
  10. 'It was a fair offer and a genuine attempt by the company to resolve the disputes.'
  11. 'It proves that beneath the showmanship, there is real talent and a deep well of genuine feeling.'
  12. 'The fear she was feeling was now genuine, for she knew she'd screwed up and was in trouble.'
  13. 'He seemed a really genuine guy and sincerely appreciated that we had been following the tour.'
  14. 'As Singaporeans viewed the dreadful pictures from the scene of the hotel bombing there was only genuine concern and sympathy.'
  15. 'I began putting on shocked faces, trying to decipher which one seemed more genuine.'
  16. 'His smile was so genuine Pearl couldn't help but smile herself.'
  17. 'There was no malice intended, only genuine interest.'
  18. 'It is a shame that governments do not have the same genuine compassion shown by ordinary citizens.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"distresses can be genuine over things."

"smiles can be genuine in/at/on times."

"governments can be genuine in things."

"saints can be genuine in people."

"people can be genuine towards people."

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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘natural or proper’): from Latin genuinus, from genu ‘knee’ (with reference to the Roman custom of a father acknowledging paternity of a newborn child by placing it on his knee); later associated with genus ‘birth, race, stock’.