definite but not specified or identified
"set aside a certain sum each week"; "to a certain degree"; "certain breeds do not make good pets"; "certain members have not paid their dues"; "a certain popular teacher"; "a certain Mrs. Jones"
having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured
"felt certain of success"; "was sure (or certain) she had seen it"; "was very sure in his beliefs"; "sure of her friends"
established beyond doubt or question; definitely known
"what is certain is that every effect must have a cause"; "it is certain that they were on the bus"; "his fate is certain"; "the date for the invasion is certain"
certain to occur; destined or inevitable
"he was certain to fail"; "his fate is certain"; "In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes"- Benjamin Franklin; "he faced certain death"; "sudden but sure regret"; "he is sure to win"
"his fate is sealed"
reliable in operation or effect
"a quick and certain remedy"; "a sure way to distinguish the two"; "wood dust is a sure sign of termites"
exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance
"be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through"; "be sure to lock the doors"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
That is authentic which is true to the facts; that is genuine which is true to its own claims; as, authentic history; genuine money.
A 'genuine' work is one written by the author whose name it bears; an 'authentic' work is one which relates truthfully the matters of which it treats. For example, the apocryphal Gospel of St. Thomas is neither 'genuine' nor 'authentic.' It is not 'genuine,' for St. Thomas did not write it; it is not 'authentic,' for its contents are mainly fables and lies.
TrenchOn the Study of Words lect. vi, p. 189. [ W. J. Widdleton]
Authentic is, however, used by reputable writers as synonymous with genuine, tho usually where genuineness carries a certain authority. We speak of accepted conclusions, certain evidence, current money, genuine letters, a legitimate conclusion or legitimate authority, original manuscripts, real value, received interpretation, sure proof, a true statement, a trustworthy witness, a veritable discovery.
Dictionary of English Synonymes
indubitable, unquestionable, indisputable, undeniable, incontestable, uncontrovertible, unquestioned, undisputed, undoubted, absolute, positive, plain, past dispute, beyond all question, sure as fate, sure as a gun, clear as day, not doubtful
Translations for certain
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- أكيد, محدّد, متأكدArabic
- определен, уверен, сигуренBulgarian
- certCatalan, Valencian
- určitý, jistýCzech
- visse, vist, vis, sikker, sikre, sikkertDanish
- gewiss, sicher, bestimmtGerman
- cierta, ciertoSpanish
- varma, muuan, tiettyFinnish
- deimhin, dearfa, cinnteIrish
- deimhinne, cinnteachScottish Gaelic
- bizonyos, biztosHungarian
- viss, öruggur, ákveðinnIcelandic
- とある, 定か, 一定, 確か, 特定, あるJapanese
- quīdam, certusLatin
- visse, visst, viss, sikker, enkelteNorwegian
- anumit, sigur, cert, anumeRomanian
- уверенный, некий, определённый, некоторыйRussian
- tzeltu, tzertu, certuSardinian
- nȅkī, òdrēđen, sȉgūranSerbo-Croatian
- säkert, säker, vissa, säkra, visst, vissSwedish
- kesin, belliTurkish
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