- 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 counterfeiter
Larry la Roche had been a counterfeiter and was a consummate penman.Way of the Lawless
Water-marked paper has, so far, escaped the counterfeiter's arts.
Some thought he was a counterfeiter in disguise, and others called him a conjurer.Sheppard Lee, Vol. I (of 2)
Robert Montgomery Bird
What do you think was the counterfeiter's excuse for running away?
The counterfeiter, like other copyists, reproduces as accurately as possible the final result.The Social Gangster
Arthur B. Reeve
- 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 counterfeiter
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.