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Genuineness

acid test
test of genuineness for gold; not destructive of genuine metal. [Assaying: Brewer Dictionary, 7]
Bible
name used for Scriptures; “the real source of truth.” [Christianity: NCE, 291]
Gospel
one of the four biographies of Jesus Christ that begin the New Testament; thus, “the real beginning of Christianity.” [Christianity: NCE, 1112]
Pure, Simon
young quaker who Colonel Feignwell impersonates to marry Pure’s ward. [Am. Lit.: A Bold Stroke for a Wife, Brewer Handbook, 1008]
Real McCoy,
the probably originally McKay, a Scotch whisky; the term now alludes to the “first or best of its kind” or “the actual one.” [Pop. Culture: Payton, 409]
To Tell the Truth
question-and-answer probe to determine which of three people is the “the real McCoy.” [TV: Terrace, II, 383]
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an old friend from America--a lucky encounter, indeed, for his is a most gentle, refined, and sensitive nature, and his company and companionship are a genuine refreshment.
It was a comfortable room, at once snug and handsome; the bright grate was filled with a genuine shire fire, red, clear, and generous, no penurious South-of-England embers heaped in the corner of a grate.
While the other boys wrote mere mechanical verses, Poe wrote genuine poetry; the boy was a born poet.
she cried in a tone that she reserved for me; yet through the forced amiability there rang a note of genuine surprise.
As this fearful ordeal we are about to pass through pictures itself to my fancy in all its dread sublimity, I begin to feel my fierce desire to converse with a genuine Emperor cooling down and passing away.
We do not know for certain in how far his genius was genuine in Egypt- where forty centuries looked down upon his grandeur- for his great exploits there are all told us by Frenchmen.
Fred was subtle, and did not tell his friends that he was going to Houndsley bent on selling his horse: he wished to get indirectly at their genuine opinion of its value, not being aware that a genuine opinion was the last thing likely to be extracted from such eminent critics.
Johnson and others, who had dared to say in their time that the poems of Ossian were not genuine lays of the Gaelic bard, handed down from father to son, and taken from the lips of old women in Highland huts, as Macpherson claimed.
Having conceived her work thus, she has brought a rare instinct for probability and nature to the difficult task of combining this religious motive and all the learned thought it involves, with a very genuine interest in many varieties of average mundane life.
For a few months I remained peaceably at home, in the quiet enjoyment of liberty and rest, and genuine friendship, from all of which I had fasted so long; and in the earnest prosecution of my studies, to recover what I had lost during my stay at Wellwood House, and to lay in new stores for future use.
Sheldon laughed in spite of himself, and far from any genuine impulse to laugh.
Batterbury too much for him, and would have been driven, for the first time in his practice of art, to the uncustomary and uncourtly resource of absolutely painting a genuine likeness.