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 Police charged an Alvin man, 20, with forgery Feb. 1 in the 11200 block of Broadway Street. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland police ask: Have you seen this robbery suspect?," 6 Feb. 2020 Hancock later was charged with forgery of an instrument and uttering forged instrument for cashing child support checks mailed to Deans, reports WNCN. Jeff Truesdell,, "How a Facebook Crime Page Led to Arrest of N.C. Woman in Cold Case Killing of Sister-in-Law," 28 Oct. 2019 Phil Malone, 64, has been charged with forgery charges in a case also involving Artressia. USA Today, "Trapped and trafficked: Officials in small Ohio town accused of sex trafficking underage girls," 5 Sep. 2019 In 1989, he was convicted of forgery and credit card abuse in Collin County, Texas. Houston Chronicle, "Houston handyman allegedly scammed neighbors out of thousands," 30 Jan. 2020 The complaint charges Menard with six felony counts for theft, forgery and embezzlement. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New charges against lawyer Robert Menard charge him with stealing an additional $270,000 from clients," 9 Jan. 2020 Kocner is also on trial in a separate case over alleged forgery and securities crime. Washington Post, "4 on trial over killings of Slovak journalist and fiancee," 19 Dec. 2019 In May, Deveny, 53, pleaded not guilty to 92 counts of theft, forgery and other charges in Multnomah County court. oregonlive, "State bar discovers it failed to inventory records for 91 former clients of disgraced Portland lawyer," 26 Nov. 2019 Willis had a lengthy record of arrests, including for aggravated vehicular hijacking, forgery and resisting arrest, according to records. Jennifer Johnson,, "Police, FBI investigate possible connection between Des Plaines, Park Ridge bank robberies," 24 Nov. 2019

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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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24 Feb 2020

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“Forgery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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