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 make counterfeits, as of money.
to feign; dissemble.
- coun·ter·feit·er, noun
- coun·ter·feit·ly, adverb
- coun·ter·feit·ness, noun
- non·coun·ter·feit, adjective
- un·coun·ter·feit·ed, adjective
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How to use counterfeit in a sentence
To others, it is a scary online marketplace where people can buy drugs, guns, counterfeit money, or even login credentials to a stolen Netflix account.How the dark web became a haven for unemployment insurance fraud | jakemeth | November 25, 2020 | Fortune
She told me that drugs purchased through online storefronts are often adulterated or counterfeit—in fact, the global trade in fake medicines is a $30 billion-a-year business.
They also promoted the high quality of their luxury counterfeit goods using videos on Instagram, TikTok and personal websites, and sent users to Amazon and other e-commerce websites, like DHgate, to transact.Amazon sues online influencers engaged in a counterfeit scheme | Sarah Perez | November 12, 2020 | TechCrunch
Though Fitzpatrick made her current Instagram account private, her website is still online where it shows her promoting the so-called “hidden links” on Amazon where consumers could buy the counterfeits.Amazon sues online influencers engaged in a counterfeit scheme | Sarah Perez | November 12, 2020 | TechCrunch
NIOSH has seen multiple instances of counterfeit masks sold using the branding of manufacturers on the list.Foreign Masks, Fear and a Fake Certification: Staff at CSL Plasma Say Conditions at Donation Centers Aren’t Safe | by J. David McSwane | September 21, 2020 | ProPublica
As a career counterfeiter of credit cards, I didn't find money or ID much of a problem, but trust always was.
He turned out to be a counterfeiter of coin and currency, and suffered the punishment that all counterfeiters deserve.The Old Pike | Thomas B. Searight
He was able to abstract the paper from the office, and a counterfeiter in the community forged the formula and signatures.
While among them I studied the badness, the power, the brutality and the arrogance of the counterfeiter and the assassin.The Barrel Mystery | William J. (William James) Flynn
Sometimes water and sky are done with the ruling engine, and when they are, no counterfeiter can successfully imitate them.Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889 | Barkham Burroughs
The adulterer seeks secrecy; so do the thief and the counterfeiter; so do conspirators for evil ends.Secret Societies | David MacDill, Jonathan Blanchard, and Edward Beecher
British Dictionary definitions for counterfeit
made in imitation of something genuine with the intent to deceive or defraud; forged
simulated; sham: counterfeit 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
- counterfeiter, noun
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