My professor used the word authentification in a lecture. I have always used authentication. Is it a real word or is authentication the correct term?

  • Several other languages use the form with "fi" and even though the "authentication" is correct in english, "authentification" suggests itself. Also "Authentification" in this exact form comes from french. –  Qwerty May 9 '17 at 9:27
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Authentication is the preferred form in English. The variant authentification is acceptable, but less common—it’s often used by non-native speakers who aren’t aware that it’s less idiomatic in English, because authentification (or an analogue) is the correct form (or at least widely accepted) in many eastern & western European languages:

  • Azerbaijani: autentifikasiyası
  • Basque: autentifikazio
  • Belarusian: аўтэнтыфікацыя (autentyfikatsyja)
  • Bosnian: autentifikacija
  • Corsican: autentificazione
  • Czech: autentifikace
  • Danish: autentificering
  • Dutch: autenti(fi)catie
  • French: authentification
  • German: Authenti(fi)kation
  • Haitian: otantifikasyon
  • Kazakh: аутентификация (autyentifikatsiya)
  • Latvian: autentifikācija
  • Lithuanian: autentifikavimas
  • Luxembourgish: authentifikatioun
  • Romanian: autentificare
  • Russian: аутентификация (autyentifikatsiya)
  • Spanish: autenti(fi)cación
  • Zipper Closed Allhqfashion Low Silver Heels Round Boots High PU Toe Women's Top Ukrainian: автентифікація (avtyentifikatsiya)
  • Uzbek: autentifikatsiya

(Source: Google Translate—transliterations from Cyrillic are a best effort and may not be standard/accurate for all languages.)

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary and Wikipedia, authentication was the original form, via Latin authenticare, from Greek αὐθεντικός (authentikos), from αὐθέντης (authentis) “author” + -ικός (-ikos) “relating to”—cf. Latin -ic(us).

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the change to authentification seems to have happened in the mid-18th century—in English at least. It likely arose by analogy with similar words such as personification, modification, Round Low Top Heels PU Allhqfashion High Women's Silver Boots Closed Zipper Toe ratification, unification, &c., which all include the Latin element -fic-, from ficare, the combining form of facere, “to make”.

Authentification is a French word. After a bit on research on its origin, it would seem that the word is actually composed of three parts :

  • authentique (authentic)
  • fic → faire (to do)
  • ation → action

Source: http://fr.wiktionary.org/wiki/authentification

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