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[fawr-juh-ree, fohr-] /ˈfɔr dʒə ri, ˈfoʊr-/
noun, plural forgeries.
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.
the production of a spurious work that is claimed to be genuine, as a coin, a painting, or the like.
something, as a coin, a work of art, or a writing, produced by forgery.
an act of producing something forged.
Archaic. invention; artifice.
Origin of forgery
1565-75; forge1 + -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for forgery
  • Yet whereas counterfeit art has been around for centuries, wine forgery is relatively new.
  • My own school would consider this type of forgery a clear instance of fabrication and violation of the school's code of conduct.
  • As soon as people began paying for art, the lucrative business of art forgery was born.
  • While this purposeful fossil forgery was later exposed, few other such deceptions have ever been created.
  • Given the lack of evidence for any official mint, the archaeologists suspect that the local business was forgery.
  • It's unclear whether the new cards will have encryption or other measures to prevent skimming or forgery.
  • 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.
  • Another idea, given the difficulty of reproducing the effect, is as an anti-forgery mechanism on bank notes and credit cards.
British Dictionary definitions for forgery


noun (pl) -geries
the act of reproducing something for a deceitful or fraudulent purpose
something forged, such as a work of art or an antique
(criminal law)
  1. 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
  2. something forged
(criminal law) the counterfeiting of a seal or die with intention to defraud
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Word Origin and History for forgery

1570s, "a thing made fraudulently," from forge (n.) + -ery. Meaning "act of counterfeiting" is 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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