counterfeit


1coun·ter·feit

adjective \ˈkant-ər-ˌfit\

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

Full Definition of COUNTERFEIT

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

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

2counterfeit

verb

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

Full Definition of COUNTERFEIT

transitive verb
:  to imitate or feign especially with intent to deceive; also :  to make a fraudulent replica of <counterfeiting $20 bills>
intransitive verb
1
:  to try to deceive by pretense or dissembling
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>

First Known Use of COUNTERFEIT

14th century

3counterfeit

noun

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

Full Definition of COUNTERFEIT

1
:  something counterfeit :  forgery
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>

First Known Use of COUNTERFEIT

15th century

Related to COUNTERFEIT

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

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