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Autentik, Attentik, A(u)ctentik, a. Also: autentyk(e, -ike, autentic(k, -ict, -ique; awtentyk, -ik(e; altentik; attentyk, -ic(k, at(t)entict; actentic; auctentyk, -ic(k. [ME. and e.m.E. autentik(e, autentyk(e, auctentyke, etc., OF. autentique, med. L. autenticus, L. authenticus.]

1. Authoritative; entitled to credit; trustworthy, reliable. a. Of statements, accounts, histories, etc.(a) c1420 Wynt. ii. 1470 (set it autentyk story be); iv. 2502 (to put in autentyk wryte); etc. a1500 Henr. Fab. 1884 (quhen that he waikit from mair autentik werk). a1500 Bernardus i (awtentyk bukys). c1500 Fyve Bestes 76 (as in autentik writ we reid). 15.. Clar. ii. 223 (awtentike beine his saw). 1554 Misc. Bann. C. III. 70 (autentik cronikis). 1558 Q. Kennedy Tractive 170 (autentyke Scripture).(b) c1420 Wynt. ii. 1464 C (attentik story); vii. 2176 C (in til bukys attentyk). 1513 Doug. i. Prol. 184 (sic thingis nocht attentik ar); vi. Prol. 107 (ful mony attentik lettir). 1549 Compl. 3/26 (the famous atentic croniklis of diuers realmes). c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2399 (by quhat attentyck scripture can ye find).(d) 1600-1610 Melvill 656 (quhilk is the most auctentik consent).

b. Of authors or other persons.(a) a1500 Henr. Fab. 1005 (he is autentik and ane man of aige). 1531 Bell. Boece II. 87 (Veremond and otheris mony autentike authouris). 1538–9 Crim. Trials I. 217 (ane trew and autentice manne). 1586 Prot. Bk. J. Merser i (all fredomes pertening to ane autentique Notar). 1622-6 Bisset I. 36/32 (sa mony autentik writtaris).(b) 1513 Doug. ix. iv. 67 (thai all desyr sum attentik men be send). 1531 Bell. Boece I. 285 (mony provin and attentik authouris). 1538 Black Bk. Taymouth 183 (beand suorne as attentik persone).(d) 1530 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 30 (ane auctentik persone to convoy thame out of the toune).

2. Of documents, copies, etc.: Authentic, genuine. Also absol.(a) 1407 Montgomery Mem. 20 (that the infeftment be transsumit in autentik forme). 1488 Dunferm. B. Rec. 5 (ondir ane altentik seel). 1511–2 Wemyss Chart. 140 (to be ingrossit in autentyk and dew forme). 1543 Reg. Morton II. 291 (auttentik instrumentis takin therupone). 1545 Reg. Privy C. I. 10 (the autentik copy of the letter of merk). 1595–6 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I. 372 (in autentik forme of transsumpt).absol. 1607 Highland P. III. 103 (to whome we haif send the autentick in write of our demandis).(b) 1464 Liber Aberbr. 141 (vndir his wax in attentik write). 1520–1 Stirling B. Rec. I. 8 (ane attenttice document). 1529 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 128 (the attentik chartour and precept of seising). 1561 St. A. Kirk S. 80 (the attentik extract tharof). 1574 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 433 (the rentall in attentik forme). 1584 Acts III. 304/2 (the attentick extractes of the domes).(c) 1431 Liber Melros 523 (prufit be actentik letteris testimoniale). 1480 Acta Conc. 52/2 (ane actentik instrument). 1483 Ib. II. p. cxxvii (be actentik write and document). 1522 Fife Sheriff Ct. 175 (the actentik coppy of the Rolment of court). 1540 Misc. Bann. C. I. 256 (the actentik extract of the same).(d) 1483 Acta Conc. II. p. cxviii (an auctentic instrument). 1529 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 395 (in dew and auctentyk form). 1557–8 Treas. Acc. X. 338 (ane auctentik copie). 1587 Rec. Earld. Orkney 313 (the auctentik transumpt).

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"Autentik adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 12 Jul 2024 <>



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