- made in imitation so as to be passed off fraudulently or deceptively as genuine; not genuine; forged: counterfeit dollar bills.
- pretended; unreal: counterfeit grief.
- an imitation intended to be passed off fraudulently or deceptively as genuine; forgery.
- Archaic. a copy.
- Archaic. a close likeness; portrait.
- Obsolete. impostor; pretender.
- to make a counterfeit of; imitate fraudulently; forge.
- to resemble.
- to simulate.
- to make counterfeits, as of money.
- to feign; dissemble.
Origin of counterfeit
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Examples from the Web for counterfeit
It remains unclear when Spinal Solutions began to counterfeit surgical implants.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
In one of the last desperate acts of World War II, the SS dumped crates full of counterfeit money into nearby Lake Toplitz.
Schwend apparently retained one-third of the profits derived from the sale of the counterfeit money.
Spitz made six trips and exchanged some 600,000 marks worth of counterfeit English pounds.
New York City alone, the show claims, loses $1 billion in taxes a year to the counterfeit industry.Museum of Fakes for a City of Fakes
June 25, 2014
At this favorable moment the counterfeit conjurers disappeared.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
And anyhow, repining is only a counterfeit repentance, you know.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Thus are all things represented by counterfeit, and yet without this there was no living.
Or what is it that their own very names are often counterfeit or borrowed from some books of the ancients?
I am no counterfeit, nor do I carry one thing in my looks and another in my breast.
- made in imitation of something genuine with the intent to deceive or defraud; forged
- simulated; shamcounterfeit affection
- an imitation designed to deceive or defraud
- archaic an impostor; cheat
- (tr) to make a fraudulent imitation of
- (intr) to make counterfeits
- to feign; simulate
- (tr) to imitate; copy
Word Origin and History for counterfeit
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.