counterfeit

adjective
coun·​ter·​feit | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌfit How to pronounce counterfeit (audio) \

Definition of counterfeit

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : made in imitation of something else with intent to deceive : forged counterfeit money a counterfeit diamond
2a : insincere, feigned counterfeit sympathy counterfeit joy at her friend's engagement
b : imitation counterfeit Georgian houses

counterfeit

verb
counterfeited; counterfeiting; counterfeits

Definition of counterfeit (Entry 2 of 3)

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

counterfeit

noun

Definition of counterfeit (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : something counterfeit : forgery The $20 bill turned out to be a counterfeit.
2 : something likely to be mistaken for something of higher value Pity was a counterfeit of love …— Harry Hervey

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Verb

counterfeiter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for counterfeit

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Verb

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

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

Examples of counterfeit in a Sentence

Adjective The concert ticket is counterfeit. counterfeit currency that had been passed all over town Verb They were counterfeiting money in his garage. an expert at counterfeiting money Noun the will as well as the other documents turned out to be counterfeits
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Markum is prohibited from engaging in false or misleading business practices, selling counterfeit goods and failing to deliver goods. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "State settles with San Antonio man accused of selling counterfeit Yeti products," 5 Feb. 2020 The company to battle both dubious reviews and counterfeit goods. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Would you write a 5-star Amazon review in return for a $20 bribe?," 4 Feb. 2020 Every day, cargo containers containing billions of dollars’ worth of counterfeit goods enter the United States through its land, sea and airports of entry. Nick Givas, Fox News, "$123M in fake Super Bowl merch seized by CBP, DHS, ICE ahead of big game," 2 Feb. 2020 This opens the door to counterfeit goods and security risks. Emily W. Murphy, Fortune, "It’s time government starts to better manage its online spending," 29 Jan. 2020 The agreement commits Beijing to cracking down on counterfeit goods and establishes new penalties for failing to comply. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 23 Jan. 2020 Federal agents target lookalikes Last year, Customs and Border Protection seized nearly 34,000 shipments containing counterfeit goods, or nearly 100 per day. oregonlive, "Buy a new refrigerator water filter? It might be a dangerous fake," 15 Jan. 2020 Unreasonable bargains can be signs of a scam — or counterfeit goods being sold online. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Hot deals on Facebook may look real — but order never arrives: How to spot a fake," 11 Dec. 2019 Based the seller complaints, Wenham believed there was a real risk of harm should the battery fluid leak from a counterfeit product onto a sleeping baby. Pamela Boykoff And Clare Sebastian, CNN, "Fake and dangerous kids products are turning up for sale on Amazon," 20 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This makes the ticket impossible to counterfeit, and tightens artist/promoter/ticketer/team/venue control over how, when and at what price a ticket can be transferred. Brandon Ross, Billboard, "How Ticketmaster's Sworn Enemy, Pearl Jam, Became Its New Best Friend (Guest Column)," 31 Jan. 2020 Fentanyl aside, Detroit's CPB office was plenty busy at the border in 2019, seizing everything from cocaine, guns and opium, to counterfeit Kyle Jenner makeup, Nintendo parts and ancient Egyptian mummy linens. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Feds: Fentanyl seizures skyrocket at Detroit-Canada border," 29 Jan. 2020 Larry was counterfeiting tickets to shows booked by other promoters. oregonlive, "Larry Hurwitz, the ‘Starry Night Murder,’ and a life of crime: Reporter Jim Redden on his years tracking a killer," 17 Sep. 2019 Hurwitz immediately accused Tim of counterfeiting the tickets. oregonlive, "Larry Hurwitz, the ‘Starry Night Murder,’ and a life of crime: Reporter Jim Redden on his years tracking a killer," 17 Sep. 2019 Law enforcement and regulatory agencies tasked with combating the state’s illicit cannabis market could not provide information about how popular brands in California are counterfeited. Los Angeles Times, "Counterfeit cannabis products stoke black market for California weed," 26 Aug. 2019 More widely circulated and easy to counterfeit, their introduction led to a rash of forgery—a hanging offence. R.s., The Economist, "A show at the Bank of England underscores the strange fiction of money," 30 July 2019 There are notes counterfeited as part of Operation Bernhard, a Nazi plot to introduce fake notes to Britain, which prompted the bank to withdraw high-value notes from circulation for a time. R.s., The Economist, "A show at the Bank of England underscores the strange fiction of money," 30 July 2019 But researchers recently discovered an even more blatant black market: counterfeit money and passports. Michael Cappetta, NBC News, "On Instagram, counterfeit cash is for sale — and a short search away," 19 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gallery Actions owner Vikki Vines says that all of the items have been authenticated, so buyers can be sure there are no counterfeits among the inventory. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Fashion alert: 250 luxury vintage handbags to be auctioned," 20 Jan. 2020 The producer moved on to a different vendor and purchased a total of seven cartridges — five Dank Vapes and two KingPen, all counterfeits containing a potential toxic stew of chemicals — for $100. NBC News, "Armed guards, secret location: Inside an illegal marijuana bazaar publicized on Instagram," 17 Jan. 2020 The pills were everywhere, as legitimate medication sold in pharmacies, but also illicit counterfeits hawked by street vendors. Washington Post, "Another opioid crisis is raging through the developing world," 13 Dec. 2019 Nike offered no comment on the issue of counterfeits. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Nike is ending its two-year fling with Amazon," 13 Nov. 2019 That's why HelloSociety and most other influencer marketing businesses rely on online tools to sniff out counterfeit or fraudulent accounts—and influencers who profit from them. Wired, "Fighting Instagram's $1.3 Billion Problem—Fake Followers," 10 Sep. 2019 In its earlier days, PopSockets tried to get Amazon’s attention about counterfeits sold there, only to be browbeat by the tech giant into spending more on marketing, according to Barnett. Washington Post, "PopSockets, Tile and other companies will ask Congress to help stop big tech bullying," 16 Jan. 2020 If counterfeits are found, they are seized and destroyed. oregonlive, "Buy a new refrigerator water filter? It might be a dangerous fake," 15 Jan. 2020 Often times the counterfeits are priced competitively just below a genuine product to avoid scrutiny by the consumer. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville customs agents seize $95 million in counterfeit goods over 3 months," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of counterfeit

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for counterfeit

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

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

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The first known use of counterfeit was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Counterfeit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterfeit. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for counterfeit

counterfeit

adjective
How to pronounce counterfeit (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of counterfeit

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

counterfeit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of counterfeit (Entry 2 of 3)

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

counterfeit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of counterfeit (Entry 3 of 3)

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

counterfeit

adjective
coun·​ter·​feit | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌfit How to pronounce counterfeit (audio) \

Kids Definition of counterfeit

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : made in exact imitation of something genuine and meant to be taken as genuine counterfeit money
2 : not sincere counterfeit sympathy

counterfeit

verb
counterfeited; counterfeiting

Kids Definition of counterfeit (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to imitate or copy especially in order to deceive Modern money is difficult to counterfeit.
2 : pretend sense 2 She tried to counterfeit enthusiasm.

Other Words from counterfeit

counterfeiter noun

counterfeit

noun

Kids Definition of counterfeit (Entry 3 of 3)

: something made to imitate another thing with the desire to deceive The 100 dollar bill turned out to be a counterfeit.

counterfeit

adjective
coun·​ter·​feit | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌfit How to pronounce counterfeit (audio) \

Legal Definition of counterfeit

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: made in imitation of a genuine article (as a document) without authorization and especially with intent to deceive or defraud

counterfeit

transitive verb

Legal Definition of counterfeit (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make an imitation of without authorization and especially with intent to deceive or defraud whoever falsely makes, alters, forges, or counterfeits any deedU.S. Code

Other Words from counterfeit

counterfeiter noun

counterfeit

noun

Legal Definition of counterfeit (Entry 3 of 3)

: something counterfeit all counterfeits of any coins or obligationsU.S. Code — compare forgery

History and Etymology for counterfeit

Adjective

Middle French contrefait, past participle of contrefaire to imitate, draw, paint, from contre- counter- + faire to make

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