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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Broadcom's shares fell when the memo was exposed as a forgery. Matthew F. Ferraro For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Disinformation is harming businesses. Here are 6 ways to fight it," 10 June 2019 Other charges included burglary, tampering with evidence, and forgery for allegedly forging child custody documents. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Ohio Officials Charge Family in ‘Execution’ of Another Family," 13 Nov. 2018 The Florida Supreme Court Referee's report found Marcellus knew his ex-wife's signature had been forged on a loan modification document, stopping just short of saying Marcellus engineered the forgery. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "The lawyer fought for the house in his divorce. He's been suspended," 11 June 2018 Keil was transferred to the Chillicothe prison in July 2011 while serving time for forgery and theft. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Woman says she reported prison guard's rape to a counselor, then he assaulted her, too," 30 May 2018 An Asaib party official denied that, saying forgery in the elections had in fact cost the movement seats. Isabel Coles, WSJ, "Iraqi Who Once Killed Americans Is a U.S. Dilemma as He Gains Political Power," 11 Dec. 2018 Even worse, a forgery defense known as certificate pinning would do nothing to detect the hack. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Sennheiser discloses monumental blunder that cripples HTTPS on PCs and Macs," 28 Nov. 2018 Are these clues that Voth should have picked up on — ones indicating that this manuscript is a modern forgery? Clea Simon,, "In Jordy Rosenberg’s new novel, it’s a trans, trans, trans, trans world," 22 June 2018 West now faces charges of theft by receiving and forgery. Michelle Ewing, ajc, "Man arrested after trying to pay waitress with her own stolen credit card, police say," 21 June 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 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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