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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Reese pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy and 23 counts of forgery for falsifying titles. Mark Fazlollah,, "Police officer probed in theft of homes," 2 Dec. 2012 For him, this kind of work is not forgery or fakery, which is a huge problem in the art world. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Digital Forensics Reconstructs Seven Lost Masterpieces," 7 May 2018 Tyonne Pierce, 25, of 54 Judson Ave., was charged with first-degree forgery, criminal trespass and interfering with police. Jesse Leavenworth,, "East Hartford Police Say Man Caught With Bogus Bills," 30 Apr. 2018 According to the museum’s director, Timothy Potts, the kouros has not been downgraded to the status of a forgery or definitively determined to be a fake. Christopher Knight,, "Something's missing from the newly reinstalled antiquities collection at the Getty Villa," 19 Apr. 2018 She was found to have a felony warrant on first-degree assault charges, and a misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear on a third-degree forgery charge. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Stolen batteries, clothes, cosmetics: 14 arrested in Anchorage Fred Meyer shoplifting sting," 24 June 2018 He wasn't released from jail until February 2016, when prosecutors dropped the forgery charge after the Secret Service concluded Ellis' bill was real, the lawsuit says. NBC News, "Homeless man jailed for three months after trying pay for Burger King with $10 bill files suit," 18 May 2018 Ellis was finally released in February 2016 after prosecutors dropped the forgery charge against him. Anne Branigin, The Root, "A Homeless Black Man Was Jailed After Trying to Eat at Burger King. Now, He’s Suing for Almost $1 Million," 17 May 2018 He wasn’t released from jail until February 2016, when prosecutors dropped the forgery charge after the Secret Service concluded Ellis’ bill was real, the lawsuit says. Alanna Durkin Richer,, "A black homeless man was jailed after trying to eat at a Burger King in Boston. Now he’s suing," 17 May 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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