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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Examples of forgery in a Sentence

that is a cheap forgery, not an authentic Ming Dynasty vase
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to one count of first-degree felony kidnapping, Porter faces one count of interference with custody, and 22 counts each of tampering with records and forgery. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2021 Most cases involve people who use false names or forgery to obtain pills not authorized by their doctor. al, 15 Nov. 2021 She was charged with first-degree larceny and third-degree forgery. Maria Pasquini,, 3 Nov. 2021 She has been charged with first-degree larceny and third-degree forgery. Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2021 Marino turned herself in to police on Wednesday and was charged with first-degree larceny and third-degree forgery. Seamus Mcavoy,, 28 Oct. 2021 That means one lucky person will make $19,750, while 999 others will get a pretty decent forgery. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 26 Oct. 2021 That is thanks to the sophisticated functioning of the technology — the structure and linking of the individual links in the chain — which makes the blockchain secure against forgery. Levent Künzi, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 In 2007, he was convicted of forgery in New Hampshire and was sentenced to one year., 27 Oct. 2021

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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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The first known use of forgery was in 1583

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“Forgery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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