forgery

[fawr-juh-ree, fohr-]
noun, plural forgeries.
1.
the crime of falsely making or altering a writing by which the legal rights or obligations of another person are apparently affected; simulated signing of another person's name to any such writing whether or not it is also the forger's name.
2.
the production of a spurious work that is claimed to be genuine, as a coin, a painting, or the like.
3.
something, as a coin, a work of art, or a writing, produced by forgery.
4.
an act of producing something forged.
5.
Archaic. invention; artifice.

Origin:
1565–75; forge1 + -ery

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forgery (ˈfɔːdʒərɪ)
 
n , pl -geries
1.  the act of reproducing something for a deceitful or fraudulent purpose
2.  something forged, such as a work of art or an antique
3.  criminal law
 a.  the false making or altering of any document, such as a cheque or character reference (and including a postage stamp), or any tape or disc on which information is stored, intending that anyone shall accept it as genuine and so act to his or another's prejudice
 b.  something forged
4.  criminal law the counterfeiting of a seal or die with intention to defraud

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forgery
1570s, from forge + -ery.
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Example sentences
Yet whereas counterfeit art has been around for centuries, wine forgery is relatively new.
His forgery contradicts the histories, customs, and language of that age.
Its certificates are so desirable that, ironically, they too have been victims of forgery.
Soon after, he was slapped with forgery charges that are widely viewed as trumped up.
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