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counterfeit

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of counterfeit

  1. 1 being such in appearance only and made or manufactured with the intention of committing fraud <counterfeit currency that had been passed all over town> Synonyms bogus, fake, false, forged, inauthentic, phony (also phoney), queer, sham, snide, spurious, unauthentic Related Words artificial, factitious, imitation, man-made, mimic, mock, simulated, substitute, synthetic; dummy, nonfunctioning, ornamental; cultured, fabricated, manufactured; deceptive, delusive, misleading Near Antonyms natural; actual, true, valid Antonyms authentic, bona fide, genuine, real, unfaked

  2. 2 not being or expressing what one appears to be or express <when it comes to the poor, his compassion is so counterfeit—he gives a damn, and that's all that he gives> Synonyms artificial, backhanded, insincere, double, double-dealing, double-faced, fake, feigned, hypocritical, Janus-faced, jive [slang], left-handed, lip, mealy, mealymouthed, Pecksniffian, phony (also phoney), phony-baloney (or phoney-baloney), pretended, two-faced, unctuousRelated Words affected, assumed, claptrap, contrived, forced, mechanical, put-on, simulated, strained, unnatural; empty, hollow, meaningless; deceitful, devious, dishonest, false, untruthful; facile, glib, superficial; bogus, sham; campy, facetious, jocular, tongue-in-cheek; canting, pharisaical, pious, sanctimonious, self-righteous, simon-pureNear Antonyms direct, forthright, frank, heart-to-heart, open, plain, straightforwardAntonyms artless, candid, genuine, heartfelt, honest, sincere, undesigning, unfeigned




counterfeit

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of counterfeit

  1. an imitation that is passed off as genuine <the will as well as the other documents turned out to be counterfeits> Synonyms fake, forgery, hoax, humbug, phony (also phoney), shamRelated Words copycat, knockoff; copy, facsimile, replica, reproduction; dummy, mock-up; fraud, gaff, imposture, spoof, swindle; simulation, synthetic; bastard, brummagem, duffer, shoddyNear Antonyms original




counterfeit

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of counterfeit

  1. 1 to imitate or copy especially in order to deceive <an expert at counterfeiting money> Synonyms fake, forge, phonyRelated Words simulate; duplicate, reduplicate, replicate, reproduce; crib, plagiarize; adulterate, doctor, fudge, juggle, manipulate, tamper (with); concoct, cook (up), fabricate, invent

  2. 2 to present a false appearance of <managing to counterfeit a happy expression while visiting a sick friend> Synonyms act, affect, assume, bluff, feign, dissemble, fake, pass (for), pretend, profess, put on, sham, simulateRelated Words dissimulate, impersonate, let on, masquerade, play, playact, pose; forge, imitate; camouflage, conceal, disguise, mask; feint; malinger





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