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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Other Words from counterfeit

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 Despite the fact that George never resisted arrest, police proceeded to end George Floyd’s life over a counterfeit bill. Fox News, "Minneapolis store owner who called police on George Floyd says he wouldn't do it again," 3 June 2020 Police said Floyd resisted arrest and had to be pulled from a vehicle after allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Protesters disperse peacefully on 4th night of protests in Detroit," 2 June 2020 Yang himself pointed to the killing of George Floyd, which was allegedly precipitated by Floyd’s use of a counterfeit $20 bill, as endemic of the economic challenges faced by millions of Americans today. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang lead the call for monthly coronavirus stimulus payments," 2 June 2020 On Monday, Floyd was detained after being suspected of trying to pay with a counterfeit bill at a convenience store in Minneapolis. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses racial inequality, police brutality protests in league memo," 1 June 2020 Employees of the Cup Foods across the street had reported Floyd tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill, according to a prosecutor's statement of probable cause to charge Chauvin. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Three videos piece together the final moments of George Floyd's life," 1 June 2020 Floyd, who was black, died while being arrested by Minneapolis police for suspicion of passing a counterfeit bill on May 25. CBS News, "Protests across U.S. force Walmart, Target, CVS to close some stores," 1 June 2020 His encounter with police began Monday night after Floyd, a black man, was accused of trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store. Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times, "He begged looters not to attack his struggling restaurant: ‘I’m just ... trying to survive’," 30 May 2020 The fresh violence came despite Friday’s charges against Derek Chauvin, the police officer suspected in the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man being detained on suspicion of passing a counterfeit bill. Ryan Faircloth, Anchorage Daily News, "“You need to go home,′ Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says as new fires, looting hit Minneapolis," 30 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And as sanctions have tightened and Pyongyang’s efforts to counterfeit $100 bills proved less successful, the North has turned to its hackers as a revenue source — often with considerable success. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "U.S. Accuses North Korea of Cyberattacks, a Sign That Deterrence Is Failing," 15 Apr. 2020 The company is also expanding its authentication efforts as marquee brands are increasingly counterfeited. Anh-minh Le, WSJ, "How the Failure of Pets.com Spurred Julie Wainwright’s RealReal Success," 5 Feb. 2020 In hopes of slowing counterfeiting’s spread, Electrolux and its U.S. subsidiary Frigidaire are both working to raise its profile. oregonlive, "Buy a new refrigerator water filter? It might be a dangerous fake," 15 Jan. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As prices have risen, counterfeits have become a problem. Elin Mccoy, Bloomberg.com, "How To Start a Whisky Collection," 27 Apr. 2020 Last week, 2,000 counterfeit 3M masks made in China were found at the DHL Express hub in Kentucky by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. Dian Zhang, USA TODAY, "Amid coronavirus shortages, manufacturing face mask filters in China is like printing money," 30 Apr. 2020 Amazon also pointed out the big investments its made in measures to fight counterfeits, including more than $500 million in 2019 alone. Marc Bain, Quartz, "The White House included Amazon on a list of “notorious” piracy sites," 29 Apr. 2020 Finally, any certificate that affords special status, like the ability to work while others are quarantined, will create incentives for people to deliberately infect themselves or game the system with counterfeits. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Our Pandemic Summer," 14 Apr. 2020 That way the technique could be used for quality control in distilleries or for detecting counterfeits. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Forget that tired-old coffee ring effect: “Whiskey webs” are the new hotness," 25 Mar. 2020 NBC News bought a pair of STIIIZY cartridges for $30 each and later showed them to a expert in vape pen counterfeits who does work for the Los Angeles Police Department. NBC News, "'I really love the vibes': How Yelp boosts black market pot shops," 10 Feb. 2020 Its protagonist, Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), is an aging, hedonistic journalist who undertakes a journey to discover authentic beauty and give up its many alluring counterfeits. Peter Libbey, New York Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘The Great Beauty’ and Iowa Caucus Coverage," 3 Feb. 2020 At Port Miami, already one of the nation's busiest, agents have started looking out for drugs and contraband, including counterfeit Super Bowl souvenirs. CBS News, "Super Bowl security threats range from terrorism to the coronavirus," 30 Jan. 2020

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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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Last Updated

5 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Counterfeit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterfeit. Accessed 5 Jun. 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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