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1. Actually possessing the alleged or apparent attribute or character: genuine leather.
2. Not spurious or counterfeit; authentic: Tests proved that the letter was genuine, and not a forgery. See Synonyms at authentic.
a. Honestly felt or experienced: genuine devotion.
b. Actual; real: a genuine dilemma.
4. Free from hypocrisy or dishonesty; sincere: Is he being genuine in making these compliments?
5. Being of pure or original stock: a genuine Hawaiian.

[Latin genuīnus, natural, possibly from alteration of ingenuus, native, freeborn; see ingenuous.]

gen′u·ine·ly adv.
gen′u·ine·ness n.
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all wool and a yard wide Genuine, authentic, bona fide; sincere, trustworthy, straightforward. Apparently the term was an early sales pitch used by yard goods merchants confronted with wary buyers. The earliest known print citation applying the phrase figuratively is from George W. Peck:

You want to pick out (as the “boss combination girl” of Rock Co.) a thoroughbred, that is, all wool, a yard wide. (Peck’s Sunshine, 1882)

hallmark A mark or stamp of superior quality or genuineness; a distinctive characteristic or feature, a trademark. The term takes its name from Goldsmiths’ Hall in London where Goldsmiths’ Company stamped its gold and silver pieces with an official plate mark indicating their grade of purity. Eventually the literal meaning of hallmark ‘a symbol of the standard of quality of precious metals’ became generalized so that it now represents any mark of excellence or distinguishing characteristic. Literal use of the term dates from the early 18th century while figurative use dates from the latter half of the 19th century.

the real McCoy Genuine, authentic; unadulterated, uncut; hence, excellent, of superior quality. Numerous attempts to account for the term’s origin testify to the failure of any to be convincing. Among the more popular are those relating the phrase to a boxer, Kid McCoy, a former welterweight champion (1898-1900). These vary from simple transference by association (the champion is “the best,” superior) to the hypothetical existence of a lesser pugilist with the same surname; to clearly apocryphal anecdotes concerning Kid McCoy’s barroom exploits. It does seem certain, however, that this American colloquialism did come into usage shortly after his championship fame, and that it gained frequency during Prohibition when it described genuine, uncut whiskey. Stuart Berg Flexner (I Hear America Talking) conjectures the existence of a McCoy brand, since the clear McCoy was in use by 1908 to describe good whiskey. The real McCoy remains one of our most popular and puzzling picturesque phrases. During the strike of bagel bakers in December, 1951, a New York Times article said:

Toasted seeded rolls, Bialystok rolls … and egg bagels, a sweeter variety but not the real McCoy, were being thrown into the bagel void with varying degrees of reception.

simon-pure Real, veritable, authentic; as a noun, the genuine article. In Susannah Centlivre’s comedie play, A Bold Strike For a Wife (1718), Simon Pure was a Quaker who was temporarily impersonated by Colonel Feignwell. When Feignwell had won the hand of Miss Lovely, Simon returned and, after much difficulty, proved that he was, in fact, the real Simon Pure and that Feignwell was the actual imposter.

If we would come with him the other way he would show us the real mummy, the Simon Pure. (William C. Prime, Boat Life in Egypt, 1860)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.genuineness - the state of being genuine
actuality - the state of actually existing objectively; "a hope that progressed from possibility to actuality"
spuriousness - state of lacking genuineness
2.genuineness - undisputed credibilitygenuineness - undisputed credibility    
believability, credibility, credibleness - the quality of being believable or trustworthy
real McCoy, real stuff, real thing - informal usage attributing authenticity
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The quality of being authentic:
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[ˈdʒenjʊɪnnɪs] N
1. (= authenticity) [of painting, antique] → autenticidad f; [of claim] → veracidad f
2. (= sincerity) [of concern, feelings] → sinceridad f, autenticidad f
3. (= honesty) [of person] → nobleza f
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[ˈdʒɛnjuɪnnɪs] n
[intention] → sincérité f
[claim] → authenticité f
[person] → sincérité f
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(= authenticity)Echtheit f
(= honesty, sincerity)Aufrichtigkeit f; (of concern, interest, offer, relationship)Ernsthaftigkeit f; (of love, enthusiasm)Echtheit f
(= naturalness)Natürlichkeit f, → Ungekünsteltheit f
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He goes and hunts for his oil, so as to be sure of its freshness and genuineness, even as the traveller on the prairie hunts up his own supper of game.
The daring innovators started with the new notion of buying a picture which they themselves could admire and appreciate, and for the genuineness of which the artist was still living to vouch.
The truth consists in the genuineness of the feeling, in the genuine recognition of the two men, so similar and so different, as your two partners in the hazard of life.
Sabin laughed very softly, very gently, but with obvious genuineness.
A conspicuous quality in the Dodson character was its genuineness; its vices and virtues alike were phases of a proud honest egoism, which had a hearty dislike to whatever made against its own credit and interest, and would be frankly hard of speech to inconvenient "kin," but would never forsake or ignore them,--would not let them want bread, but only require them to eat it with bitter herbs.
The persistence of the infatuation lent it an aspect of genuineness. The hopelessness of it colored it with the lofty tones of a great passion.
He said there was much false Henri II ware around, but that the genuineness of this piece was unquestionable.
Passepartout was speechless with astonishment when Fix displayed this document, the genuineness of which could not be doubted.
"I like it very much," she said in such a hearty tone, that Tom could not doubt the genuineness of her pleasure.
Many discussions were carried on as to the genuineness of the author's name and the reality of the events portrayed, but English and American critics alike recognised the book's importance as a contribution to literature.
To Dorothea this was adorable genuineness, and religious abstinence from that artificiality which uses up the soul in the efforts of pretence.
There really was a genuineness in the poor fellow, and a contrast between the hardness of his hat and the softness of his heart