genuine genuine  /ˈdʒɛn jə wən/


  1. (adj) not fake or counterfeit
  2. (adj) not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed
  3. (adj) being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something



  1. After so many years in Washington, I had met enough people to quickly figure out who is genuine and who is there for show.
  2. It is one of history's great ironies that the nearest thing we have ever seen to a genuine workers' revolution was directed against a so-called workers' state.
  3. Visitors were urged to fill out questionnaires identifying unlabeled fakes and genuine pictures; of 1,827 including some experts only seven scored 100%.


  1. The mystery of Merion starts to unfold at US Open

    ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) -- The affection was genuine. Even better was beating Jack Nicklaus in a playoff. So when Lee Trevino got his hands on that U.S. Open trophy in 1971, the guy who never lacked for one-liners gushed, ''I love Merion, and I don't even know her last name.''
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports

  2. Your Brain Knows the Difference Between Phony Smiles and Real Ones

    Smiling comes in two distinct forms: genuine and polite. The genuine kind are those that result from a friend showing you a hilarious new grumpy cat meme. These smiles are spontaneous and indicative of pleasure. Polite smiles, on the other hand, are the ones reserved for the awkward encounters with your coworker at the coffee machine. You don't want to be rude, but you're not actually enjoying ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Discover

  3. People anticipate others' genuine smiles, but not polite smiles

    Smile and the world smiles with you -- but new research suggests that not all smiles are created equal. The research shows that people actually anticipate smiles that are genuine but not smiles that are merely polite. The differing responses may reflect the unique social value of genuine smiles.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Science Daily


  1. "The United States has refrained from commenting on the election in Iran. We obviously hope that the outcome reflects the genuine will and desire of the Iranian people," said Clinton, on a short visit to Canada.
    on Jun 13, 2009 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Reuters India

  2. "It is my hope that the majority's avowed interest in improving this legislation on the Senate floor is genuine and the partisan gamesmanship is over," said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), promising "many amendments."
    on Apr 28, 2010 By: Mitch McConnell Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. "It's the hard and harsh reality of our situation," he said. "So I have a genuine sense of sadness."
    on Jun 22, 2010 By: Raymond Domenech Source: Los Angeles Times

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