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adjective coun·ter·feit \ˈkau̇nt-ər-ˌfit\

Simple Definition of counterfeit

  • : made to look like an exact copy of something in order to trick people

Full Definition of counterfeit

  1. 1 :  made in imitation of something else with intent to deceive :  forged <counterfeit money>

  2. 2 a :  insincere, feigned <counterfeit sympathy> b :  imitation <counterfeit Georgian houses>

Examples of counterfeit

  1. The concert ticket is counterfeit.

  2. <counterfeit currency that had been passed all over town>

Origin of counterfeit

Middle English countrefet, from Anglo-French cuntrefeit, from past participle of cuntrefere, contrefaire to imitate, from cuntre- + faire to make, from Latin facere — more at do

First Known Use: 14th century



verb coun·ter·feit

Simple Definition of counterfeit

  • : to make an exact copy of (something) in order to trick people

Full Definition of counterfeit

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to imitate or feign especially with intent to deceive; also :  to make a fraudulent replica of <counterfeiting $20 bills>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to try to deceive by pretense or dissembling

  5. 2 :  to engage in counterfeiting something of value

coun·ter·feit·er noun

Examples of counterfeit

  1. They were counterfeiting money in his garage.

  2. <an expert at counterfeiting money>

14th Century

First Known Use of counterfeit

14th century

Synonym Discussion of counterfeit

assume, affect, pretend, simulate, feign, counterfeit, sham mean to put on a false or deceptive appearance. assume often implies a justifiable motive rather than an intent to deceive <assumed an air of cheerfulness around the patients>. affect implies making a false show of possessing, using, or feeling <affected an interest in art>. pretend implies an overt and sustained false appearance <pretended that nothing had happened>. simulate suggests a close imitation of the appearance of something <cosmetics that simulate a suntan>. feign implies more artful invention than pretend, less specific mimicry than simulate <feigned sickness>. counterfeit implies achieving the highest degree of verisimilitude of any of these words <an actor counterfeiting drunkenness>. sham implies an obvious falseness that fools only the gullible <shammed a most unconvincing limp>.



noun coun·ter·feit

Simple Definition of counterfeit

  • : something that is made to look like an exact copy of something else in order to trick people

Full Definition of counterfeit

  1. 1 :  something counterfeit :  forgery

  2. 2 :  something likely to be mistaken for something of higher value <pity was a counterfeit of love — Harry Hervey>

Examples of counterfeit

  1. <the will as well as the other documents turned out to be counterfeits>

15th Century

First Known Use of counterfeit

15th century

Synonym Discussion of counterfeit

imposture, fraud, sham, fake, humbug, counterfeit mean a thing made to seem other than it is. imposture applies to any situation in which a spurious object or performance is passed off as genuine <their claim of environmental concern is an imposture>. fraud usually implies a deliberate perversion of the truth <the diary was exposed as a fraud>. sham applies to fraudulent imitation of a real thing or action <condemned the election as a sham>. fake implies an imitation of or substitution for the genuine but does not necessarily imply dishonesty <these jewels are fakes; the real ones are in the vault>. humbug suggests elaborate pretense usually so flagrant as to be transparent <creating publicity by foisting humbugs on a gullible public>. counterfeit applies especially to the close imitation of something valuable <20-dollar bills that were counterfeits>.

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February 7, 2016

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