Genuine and Sham


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Genuine adjective – Being exactly as appears or as claimed.
Usage example: had a genuine van Gogh hanging in their living room

Sham is an antonym for genuine in topics: authentic, unaffected.
Nearby Words: genuinely, genuineness
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Sham adjective – Being such in appearance only and made with or manufactured from usually cheaper materials.
Usage example: a sofa upholstered in sham leather

Genuine is an antonym for sham in topics: false, artificial.
Nearby Word: shame
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  • If you give me your attention, I will tell you what I am: I'm a genuine philanthropist, all other kinds are sham.
  • Whatever good intentions he had may have been genuine at one point, but by the time he's introduced, it's become a sham and excuse for him to claim power.
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