American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make a copy of, usually with the intent to defraud; forge: counterfeits money.
- v. To make a pretense of; feign: counterfeited interest in the story.
- v. To carry on a deception; dissemble.
- v. To make fraudulent copies of something valuable.
- adj. Made in imitation of what is genuine with the intent to defraud: a counterfeit dollar bill.
- adj. Simulated; feigned: a counterfeit illness.
- n. A fraudulent imitation or facsimile.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Made in semblance or imitation of an original; imitated; copied; factitious.
- Specifically, made in imitation of an original, with a view to defraud by passing the false copy as genuine or original; forged; spurious: as, counterfeit coin; a counterfeit bond or deed; a counterfeit bill of exchange.
- Feigned; simulated; false; hypocritical: as, a counterfeit friend.
- Counterfeiting; dissembling; cheating.
- Deformed; unnatural.
- n. An imitation; a copy; something made in imitation of or strongly resembling another; rarely, a likeness; a portrait; an image.
- n. Specifically, an imitation or copy designed to pass as an original. In law: A spurious imitation of a thing which has legal value, and fashioned or intended to be used in deceit by passing it as genuine, as a coin made of base metal in the likeness of a gold coin.
- n. One who feigns or simulates; a counterfeiter; an impostor.
- To make a semblance of; make or be a copy of; copy; imitate; resemble; be like.
- Specifically, to make a copy of without authority or right, and with a view to deceive or defraud by passing the copy as original or genuine; forge: as, to counterfeit coin, bank-notes, a seal, a bond, a deed or other instrument in writing, the handwriting or signature of another, etc.
- To feign; make a pretense of; simulate; pretend; put on a semblance of: as, to counterfeit piety.
- To make in imitation, or as a counterpart of something else.
- To feign or pretend to be (what one is not).
- Synonyms Mimic, Ape, etc. (see imitate), forge, simulate, sham, feign.
- To feign; dissemble; carry on a fiction or deception.
- adj. False, especially of money; intended to deceive or carry appearance of being genuine.
- adj. Inauthentic
- n. A non-genuine article; a fake.
- n. One who counterfeits; a counterfeiter.
- v. transitive To falsely produce what appears to be official or valid; to produce a forged copy of.
- v. transitive, obsolete To produce a faithful copy of.
- v. transitive, obsolete To feign.
- v. transitive, poker Of a turn or river card, to invalidate a player's hand by making a better hand on the board.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Representing by imitation or likeness; having a resemblance to something else; portrayed.
- adj. Fabricated in imitation of something else, with a view to defraud by passing the false copy for genuine or original.
- adj. Assuming the appearance of something; false; spurious; deceitful; hypocritical.
- n. That which resembles or is like another thing; a likeness; a portrait; a counterpart.
- n. That which is made in imitation of something, with a view to deceive by passing the false for the true.
- n. One who pretends to be what he is not; one who personates another; an impostor; a cheat.
- v. To imitate, or put on a semblance of; to mimic.
- v. To imitate with a view to deceiving, by passing the copy for that which is original or genuine; to forge
- v. To carry on a deception; to dissemble; to feign; to pretend.
- v. To make counterfeits.
- adj. not genuine; imitating something superior
- v. make a copy of with the intent to deceive
- n. a copy that is represented as the original
- Anglo-Norman countrefait, from continental Old French contrefait. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English countrefeten, from contrefet, made in imitation, from Old French contrefait, past participle of contrefaire, to counterfeit : contre-, counter- + faire, to make (from Latin facere; see dhē- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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