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Origin of counterfeit

First recorded in 1250–1300; (adjective) Middle English countrefet “false, forged,” from Anglo-French cuntrefet, Old French contrefait, contrefet, past participle of contrefaire, contrefere “to copy, imitate,” equivalent to conter- counter- + fere “to make, do,” ultimately from Latin facere (see fact); (verb) Middle English countrefeten, verbal derivative of countrefet
1. See false.
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British Dictionary definitions for counterfeit

counterfeit
/ (ˈkaʊntəfɪt) /

adjective

made in imitation of something genuine with the intent to deceive or defraud; forged
simulated; shamcounterfeit affection

noun

an imitation designed to deceive or defraud
archaic an impostor; cheat

verb

counterfeiter, noun
C13: from Old French contrefait, from contrefaire to copy, from contre- counter- + faire to make, from Latin facere
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