[fawr-juh-ree, fohr-]
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noun, plural for·ger·ies.
  1. the crime of falsely making or altering a writing by which the legal rights or obligations of another person are apparently affected; simulated signing of another person's name to any such writing whether or not it is also the forger's name.
  2. the production of a spurious work that is claimed to be genuine, as a coin, a painting, or the like.
  3. something, as a coin, a work of art, or a writing, produced by forgery.
  4. an act of producing something forged.
  5. Archaic. invention; artifice.

Origin of forgery

First recorded in 1565–75; forge1 + -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of forgery

  • I was arrested for forgery, tried, found guilty, and transported for life.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • He had heard the story of the forgery hinted at, but he had never heard its details.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • It never occurred to me then that it might have been intended to look like a forgery.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • The excellence of the forgery may be fairly adduced as an argument that it is not a forgery at all.

  • Why, that must be the secretary who was suspected of forgery at the Embassy in London, and got dismissed.

British Dictionary definitions for forgery


noun plural -geries
  1. the act of reproducing something for a deceitful or fraudulent purpose
  2. something forged, such as a work of art or an antique
  3. criminal law
    1. the false making or altering of any document, such as a cheque or character reference (and including a postage stamp), or any tape or disc on which information is stored, intending that anyone shall accept it as genuine and so act to his or another's prejudice
    2. something forged
  4. criminal law the counterfeiting of a seal or die with intention to defraud
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Word Origin and History for forgery

1570s, "a thing made fraudulently," from forge (n.) + -ery. Meaning "act of counterfeiting" is 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper