Authentic vs Inspired - What's the difference?

authentic | inspired |

As adjectives the difference between authentic and inspired

is that authentic is of the same origin as claimed; genuine while inspired is having excellence through inspiration.

As a verb inspired is




Alternative forms

* authentical, authentick, authenticke, authentique (all archaic)


(en adjective)
  • Of the same origin as claimed; genuine.
  • The experts confirmed it was an authentic signature.
  • Conforming to reality and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief.
  • The report was completely authentic .
    an authentic''' writer; an '''authentic''' portrait; '''authentic information
  • (music, of a Gregorian mode) Having the final as the lowest note of the mode.
  • (obsolete) authoritative
  • (Milton)


    * (of the claimed origin) genuine, real, bonafide, bona fide, unfaked * (conforming to fact) reliable, trustworthy, credible, unfaked


    * (not of the claimed origin) phony, fake; ingenuine

    Derived terms

    * authentically * authenticate * authentication * authenticity * authenticism * authenticist




    (en adjective)
  • Having excellence through inspiration.
  • The actor's inspired performance of Hamlet's soliloquy left the audience dumbfounded.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 23 , author=Tom Fordyce , title=2011 Rugby World Cup final: New Zealand 8-7 France , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=New Zealand were crowned world champions for the first time in 24 years after squeezing past an inspired France team by a single point.}}
  • Filled with inspiration or motivated.
  • The artist was inspired to paint a true masterpiece .
    He was inspired to learn to fly.


  • (inspire).
  • *{{quote-book, year=2006, author=
  • , title=Internal Combustion , chapter=1 citation , passage=But electric vehicles and the batteries that made them run became ensnared in corporate scandals, fraud, and monopolistic corruption that shook the confidence of the nation and inspired automotive upstarts.}}