Meaning of GENUINE in English

— genuinely , adv. — genuineness , n.

/jen"yooh in/ , adj.

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.

[ 1590-1600; genuinus innate, natural = genu-, as in ingenuus native (see INGENUOUS) + -inus -INE 1 ]

Syn. 1. See authentic. 3. true, unaffected, open, honest, forthright.

Pronunciation . Two pronunciations of GENUINE occur, with a sharp social contrast between them. The usual educated pronunciation is /jen"yooh in/ , with the final syllable unstressed. Among some less educated speakers, especially older ones, GENUINE is commonly pronounced as /jen"yooh uyn'/ , with a secondary stress on the final syllable, which has the vowel of sign. The latter pronunciation is sometimes used deliberately by educated speakers, as for emphasis or humorous effect.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .