echt

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Etymology[edit]

From German echt (real). The German term originates from Middle Low German echt (lawful, genuine), contraction of ehacht, variant form of ehaft (lawful, pertaining to the law) from ê(e) (law, marriage).

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echt (comparative more echt, superlative most echt)

  1. proper, real, genuine, true to type
    • 2009, January 18, “Ross Douthat”, in When Buckley Met Reagan[1]:
      An echt Burkean with a snob’s disdain for the contemporary Republican Party, Hart hinted at a road not taken [] .
    • Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers, Penguin, 1980, p.8: I had heard [the phrase] in Lamb House, Rye, but it was less echt Henry James than Henry James mocking echt Meredith.

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch echt, from Old Dutch *ēhaft, from Proto-Germanic *aiwahaftaz.

Adjective[edit]

echt (comparative echter, superlative echtst)

  1. authentic, true, genuine, real
    Synonyms: waar
    Antonyms: onecht, nep, vals

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of echt
uninflected echt
inflected echte
comparative echter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial echt echter het echtst
het echtste
indefinite m./f. sing. echte echtere echtste
n. sing. echt echter echtste
plural echte echtere echtste
definite echte echtere echtste
partitive echts echters

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Adverb[edit]

echt

  1. really

Noun[edit]

echt m (uncountable)

  1. marriage
    In de echt verbinden
    to bind in matrimony

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German echt, borrowed from Middle Low German echt (lawful, genuine). The original form is Middle Low German ēhaft (lawful), from ē (law) (related to modern Ehe); then ēhacht by the Low German development -ft--cht- (compare Nichte); and eventually contracted into echt. Cognate to Old High German ēhaft (honourable) and Dutch echt.

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echt (comparative echter, superlative am echtesten)

  1. authentic, genuine, true
    Die Jacke ist aus echtem Leder.
    The jacket is made of genuine leather.
  2. (chiefly colloquial) real; factual
    Der Film ist nah an der echten Geschichte.
    The film is close to the real story.
  3. (mathematics) proper
    echte Teilmenge
    proper subset

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Adverb[edit]

echt

  1. (chiefly colloquial) really; indeed

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  • echt in Duden online