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an article of faith

Something that one believes strongly, whether or not it is actually true. My mother takes it as an article of faith that the government is always right and should never be questioned. In prep school, it is taken as an article of faith that everyone must go on to college.
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the finished article

Someone or something who has arrived at a point or state of completion or readiness. It's clear that the team's new coach has a ways to go before being the finished article, but his freshman season at the helm has shown a lot of potential and an eagerness to try new things with the players. We're still in the planning stages of the project, so it will be at least until the end of the year before we have the finished article ready for consumers.
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the genuine article

The original, authentic person or thing; the very best example of a type of person or thing. You have to be careful in these market bazaars that what you're buying is the genuine article and not some cheap imitation. Though many had their doubts, the party's new leader has proven herself to be the genuine article.
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genuine article

the real thing rather than a substitute. Is this the genuine article or some cheap imitation substitute? I'll take the genuine article, thanks.
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the genuine article

If you describe something or someone as the genuine article, you mean that they are the original, rather than a copy, or are a real and good example of something. His wrist-watch, in contrast to Keating's genuine article, was a cheap Hong Kong imitation of a Cartier. Their goalkeeper is the genuine article and gives the team confidence between the goalposts.
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an article of faith

a firmly held belief.
Article is here used in the sense of ‘a statement or item in a summary of religious belief’.
1994 Paul Ormerod The Death of Economics It is an article of faith in orthodox economics that free trade between nations is wholly desirable.
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the finished article

something that is complete and ready for use.
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the genuine article

a person or thing considered to be an authentic and excellent example of their kind.
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genuine article

(ˈdʒɛnjəwən ˈɑrtɪklæ and ˈdʒɛnˈjuˈwɑɪn ˈɑrtɪklæ)
n. the real thing rather than a substitute. Is this the genuine article or some cheap made substitute?
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References in classic literature ?
This article was followed by a deadly silence about the book both in the press and in conversation, and Sergey Ivanovitch saw that his six years' task, toiled at with such love and labor, had gone, leaving no trace.
"I am glad you have come in at this moment, as we are about to put on sale some of the rarest articles, in the way of pocket-handkerchiefs, that have ever come to this market.
Though there's nothing remarkable in that, seeing that he is constantly contributing articles to various publications or writing books.
Tell me what induced you to publish this article. Every word of it is a calumny, and I think, gentlemen, that you have been guilty of a mean action."
"As to the article," said Hippolyte in his croaking voice, "I have told you already that we none of us approve of it!
"As to the article, prince," he said, "I admit that I wrote it, in spite of the severe criticism of my poor friend, in whom I always overlook many things because of his unfortunate state of health.
"You have published this article upon the supposition that I would never consent to satisfy Mr.
You have given a very flattering description of him in your article, Mr.
Keller, why does your article impute things to my father without the slightest foundation?
From these two acts, it appears, 1st, that the object of the convention was to establish, in these States, A FIRM NATIONAL GOVERNMENT; 2d, that this government was to be such as would be ADEQUATE TO THE EXIGENCIES OF GOVERNMENT and THE PRESERVATION OF THE UNION; 3d, that these purposes were to be effected by ALTERATIONS AND PROVISIONS IN THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION, as it is expressed in the act of Congress, or by SUCH FURTHER PROVISIONS AS SHOULD APPEAR NECESSARY, as it stands in the recommendatory act from Annapolis; 4th, that the alterations and provisions were to be reported to Congress, and to the States, in order to be agreed to by the former and confirmed by the latter.
They were to frame a NATIONAL GOVERNMENT, adequate to the EXIGENCIES OF GOVERNMENT, and OF THE UNION; and to reduce the articles of Confederation into such form as to accomplish these purposes.
Suppose, then, that the expressions defining the authority of the convention were irreconcilably at variance with each other; that a NATIONAL and ADEQUATE GOVERNMENT could not possibly, in the judgment of the convention, be affected by ALTERATIONS and PROVISIONS in the ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION; which part of the definition ought to have been embraced, and which rejected?
But is it necessary to suppose that these expressions are absolutely irreconcilable to each other; that no ALTERATIONS or PROVISIONS in the articles of the confederation could possibly mould them into a national and adequate government; into such a government as has been proposed by the convention?
Here then is a power to change the title; to insert new articles; to alter old ones.
The truth is, that the great principles of the Constitution proposed by the convention may be considered less as absolutely new, than as the expansion of principles which are found in the articles of Confederation.