forg·​ery | \ ˈfȯrj-rē , 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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ABC News also reported that Clark had been in police custody since August 18, facing felony charges of aggravated identity theft and forgery. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Kiera Bergman's Ex-Boyfriend Has Been Charged With Murder in Connection to Her Killing," 12 Sep. 2018 An officer was dispatched to the West U PD Lobby for a report of a forgery that had already occurred. Houston Chronicle, "West University Place Police Department report," 18 June 2018 Pebte is on bail for felony theft and forgery, where he is charged with forging a check, charging documents say. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "After woman follows suspects, police find stolen mail from across Anchorage," 5 June 2018 The bug was disclosed to Facebook and resolved in May. In technical terms, the attack is a cross-site request forgery, using a legitimate Facebook login in unauthorized ways. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it," 14 Nov. 2018 There was a whole workshop of people making, basically, forgeries for the set. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "How Willem Dafoe learned to paint like Vincent Van Gogh," 14 Nov. 2018 Pierce says three people have reported their petition signatures were forgeries and a forensic handwriting expert has questioned the authenticity of dozens of petition signatures. Ryan Tarinelli, The Seattle Times, "Ousted gay Texas council member sues over recall defeat," 20 Nov. 2018 McCarthy plays Israel, a successful celebrity biographer who falls on dire financial straits in the early 1990s and later turns to literary forgery and theft. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Can You Ever Forgive Me?," 19 Oct. 2018 The 33-year-old received his first felony conviction in 2005 for forgery and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and home detention, the news outlet report. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Hawaii cop's alleged killer previously told by judge he has 'gross disregard for authority,' FBI joins manhunt," 19 July 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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The first known use of forgery was in 1583

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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 \
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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