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 One, Eduardo Velasquez-Rios, entered the United States illegally at an unspecified date and pleaded guilty in 2002 to misdemeanor forgery, the court said. Bob Egelko,, "Federal court says California can’t use sentencing workaround to prevent deportations," 28 Oct. 2020 That warrant from Rhode Island, as a fugitive from justice stemming from the forgery and credit card scams years before, was enough to send Dana immediately to jail. CBS News, "How the FBI outsmarted a career con woman with 15 aliases & accused of dozens of scams across 16 states," 27 Oct. 2020 Honaker was previously arrested for petty larceny, forgery and battery, WFOR-TV reported, citing police records. Fox News, "Florida lawyer arrested in series of bank robberies near Miami, feds say," 22 Oct. 2020 Ashley Parsley and Jackie Parsley were convicted of forgery, theft and money laundering. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Lottery scams: 4 failed attempts to cheat the Hoosier Lottery," 11 Nov. 2020 When museums discover a forgery in their collections, staff typically remove the artifact from view and stow it away with a mixture of shame and disappointment. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why a German Museum Is Displaying Fake Paintings From Its Collections," 26 Oct. 2020 She was charged with forgery and an immigration enforcement agent was advised of the incident. cleveland, "Woman leaves children alone in car with open bottle of brandy: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 15 Oct. 2020 Garthright was booked into Camp Verde Detention Center on several charges including fraud, theft and forgery, where is currently being held on a $50,000 bond. Salma Reyes, The Arizona Republic, "Unlicensed caregiver arrested in Dewey on suspicion of fraud, stealing $13,000 from client," 24 Sep. 2020 The suspects accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are a baker's dozen of disaffected men whose anti-government attitudes show up in everything from seat belt violations to forgery., "13 men charged in alleged kidnapping plot, many with troubled pasts," 8 May 2015

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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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26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Forgery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce forgery (audio)

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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