forgery

[fawr-juh-ree, fohr-]

noun, plural for·ger·ies.

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.
the production of a spurious work that is claimed to be genuine, as a coin, a painting, or the like.
something, as a coin, a work of art, or a writing, produced by forgery.
an act of producing something forged.
Archaic. invention; artifice.

Nearby words

  1. forgather,
  2. forgave,
  3. forge,
  4. forge welding,
  5. forger,
  6. forget,
  7. forget it,
  8. forget oneself,
  9. forget-me-not,
  10. forgetful

Origin of forgery

First recorded in 1565–75; forge1 + -ery

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British Dictionary definitions for forgery

forgery

noun plural -geries

the act of reproducing something for a deceitful or fraudulent purpose
something forged, such as a work of art or an antique
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
criminal law the counterfeiting of a seal or die with intention to defraud
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Word Origin and History for forgery

forgery

n.

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

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