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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: genuinus 'born, genuine'

genuine

adjective
     
gen‧u‧ine S3 W3
1 a genuine feeling, desire etc is one that you really feel, not one you pretend to feel [= sincere]
genuine interest/concern/desire etc
The reforms are motivated by a genuine concern for the disabled.
a genuine fear of invasion
'Did he really?' Her surprise seemed genuine.
2 something genuine really is what it seems to be [= real]:
We need laws that will protect genuine refugees.
The strap is genuine leather.
3 someone who is genuine is honest and friendly and you feel you can trust them [≠ false]:
She is the most genuine person I've ever met.
4

the genuine article

a) informal a person or thing that is a true example of their type:
If you want to meet a real Southerner, Jake is the genuine article.
b) something that is real and is not a copy intended to deceive people:
Some fake designer clothes are so good that people have no idea they're not buying the genuine article.
genuinely adverb:
The boy seemed genuinely interested.
genuineness noun [uncountable]

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