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counterfeit

[koun-ter-fit] /ˈkaʊn tərˌfɪt/
adjective
1.
made in imitation so as to be passed off fraudulently or deceptively as genuine; not genuine; forged:
counterfeit dollar bills.
2.
pretended; unreal:
counterfeit grief.
noun
3.
an imitation intended to be passed off fraudulently or deceptively as genuine; forgery.
4.
Archaic. a copy.
5.
Archaic. a close likeness; portrait.
6.
Obsolete. impostor; pretender.
verb (used with object)
7.
to make a counterfeit of; imitate fraudulently; forge.
8.
to resemble.
9.
to simulate.
verb (used without object)
10.
to make counterfeits, as of money.
11.
to feign; dissemble.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; (adj.) Middle English countrefet false, forged < Anglo-French cuntrefet, Old French contrefait, past participle of conterfere to copy, imitate, equivalent to conter- counter- + fere to make, do ≪ Latin facere (see fact); (v.) Middle English countrefeten, verbal derivative of countrefet
Related forms
counterfeiter, noun
counterfeitly, adverb
counterfeitness, noun
noncounterfeit, adjective
uncounterfeited, adjective
Synonyms
1. spurious, bogus. See false. 2. sham, feigned, simulated, fraudulent; mock, fake, ersatz. 3. falsification, sham. 7. copy; falsify.
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  • Inflation policy is admitting that the government is broke and can't pay its bills without counterfeiting.
British Dictionary definitions for counterfeiting

counterfeit

/ˈkaʊntəfɪt/
adjective
1.
made in imitation of something genuine with the intent to deceive or defraud; forged
2.
simulated; sham: counterfeit affection
noun
3.
an imitation designed to deceive or defraud
4.
(archaic) an impostor; cheat
verb
5.
(transitive) to make a fraudulent imitation of
6.
(intransitive) to make counterfeits
7.
to feign; simulate
8.
(transitive) to imitate; copy
Derived Forms
counterfeiter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French contrefait, from contrefaire to copy, from contre-counter- + faire to make, from Latin facere
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Word Origin and History for counterfeiting

counterfeit

v.

late 13c., from Old French contrefait "imitated" (Modern French contrefait), past participle of contrefaire "imitate," from contre- "against" (see contra-) + faire "to make, to do" (from Latin facere; see factitious). Medieval Latin contrafactio meant "setting in opposition or contrast." Related: Counterfeited; counterfeiting. The noun and adjective are from late 14c.

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Encyclopedia Article for counterfeiting

manufacture of false money for gain, a kind of forgery in that something is copied so as to defraud by passing it for the original or genuine article. Because of the value conferred on money and the high level of technical skill required to imitate it, counterfeiting is singled out from other acts of forgery and is treated as a separate crime

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