verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of counterfeit
Examples from the Web for counterfeit
It remains unclear when Spinal Solutions began to counterfeit surgical implants.
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.
The Maid of Holland, twenty feet high, led the van, followed by the counterfeit presentment of each of her six sisters.The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II.|John Lothrop Motley
You may depend on me for that, said the counterfeit king, as he started on his recruiting expedition.The White Rose of Memphis|William C. Falkner
And in order to verify his words, he began to counterfeit the warbling of larks.Breton Legends|Anonymous
Do people disguise their ideas, as they counterfeit their voices?
It could discern true from false—real from counterfeit—what was genuine from sham and pretence.
Word Origin 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.