forg·​ery | \ ˈfȯrj-rē How to pronounce forgery (audio) , ˈfȯr-jə-\
plural forgeries

Definition of forgery

1 archaic : invention
2 : something forged
3 : an act of forging especially : the crime of falsely and fraudulently making or altering a document (such as a check)

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Synonyms for forgery


counterfeit, fake, hoax, humbug, phony (also phoney), sham

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Examples of forgery in a Sentence

that is a cheap forgery, not an authentic Ming Dynasty vase

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Developer Jason Julian, 49, was arrested Tuesday and charged with similar larceny and forgery charges and with paying kickbacks, among other things, police said. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Police: Fairfield public works supervisors, developer, arrested in hazardous waste dumping scheme," 7 Aug. 2019 Cook was also found to be in possession of counterfeit money at the time of his arrest and now faces felony forgery charges. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Precinct 5 constable deputies arrest fugitive," 7 June 2019 Offences relating to counterfeiting; offences against the law relating to forgery or uttering what is forged. Mary Hui, Quartz, "These are all the crimes Hong Kong is considering extraditing people for under a new law," 7 June 2019 Lee and Chang were booked into jail on charges of forgery and counterfeiting, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Mountain View: Four arrested in counterfeiting case," 20 Aug. 2019 Upon further investigation, the individual (Deveunate Smith) was arrested for forgery. Houston Chronicle, "West University Place Police Department weekly report," 29 July 2019 Male, 24, arrested on suspicion of forgery and receiving known stolen property at B Street. Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff’s Reports: July 14-20," 23 July 2019 Feldstein was facing charges of forgery, accomplice to third-degree escape and criminal impersonation and Lowe was facing a second-degree escape charge. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Arkansas woman posed as California deputy to help boyfriend escape jail, police say," 22 Aug. 2018 Murphy’s criminal record includes convictions for forgery and theft, according to Palm Beach County court records. Tonya Alanez,, "Preakness Cup among loot stolen from Delray storage unit," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of forgery

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for forgery

forge entry 2 + -ery

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English Language Learners Definition of forgery

: the crime of falsely making or copying a document in order to deceive people
: something that is falsely made or copied in order to deceive people : something that is forged


forg·​ery | \ ˈfȯr-jə-rē How to pronounce forgery (audio) \
plural forgeries

Kids Definition of forgery

1 : the crime of falsely making or changing a written paper or signing someone else's name
2 : something that is falsely made or copied This signature is a forgery.


plural forgeries

Legal Definition of forgery

1 : the act of falsely making, altering, or imitating (as a document or signature) with intent to defraud also : the crime of committing such an act
2 : something that is forged

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