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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Alex Hernandez, 33, pleaded guilty to forgery in April for signing the boy's birth certificate as father. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Wife told soldier her baby died — then tried to sell the newborn on Facebook, police say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 18 May 2018 An officer was dispatched to the West U PD Lobby in regards to a forgery that has already occurred. Houston Chronicle, "West University Police Report," 30 Apr. 2018 In a news release, the Watertown Police Department said investigators are calling on Jefferson County District Attorney Sue Happ to file election fraud and forgery charges in the 37th Assembly District. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Watertown police urge criminal charges against former Assembly candidate," 2 July 2018 The United States returned to the Vatican Library Thursday a rare copy of a letter written by Christopher Columbus in 1493 announcing his discovery of the New World that was stolen and replaced with a forgery. Nicole Winfield,, "US returns 1493 Christopher Columbus letter to Vatican," 14 June 2018 The letter from Italy is believed to have been stolen and replaced with forgery in about 1950. Madison Park, CNN, "ICE returns stolen Christopher Columbus letter to Spain," 7 June 2018 Her mother, Cynthia Williams, 60, was charged in March with five counts each of larceny, forgery and identity theft. David Owens,, "Hartford Women Charged With Stealing Identities, Money Of Elderly Home Healthcare Patients," 5 June 2018 Delaware State police said Saturday that Carolan Krajewski has been charged with forgery and tampering with public records. Ho-mb, The Seattle Times, "Clinic owner accused of medical marijuana fraud," 2 June 2018 The paper reported in February that former executives had accused the company of fraud, forgery, violating patient privacy and employing unqualified staffers to serve autistic children. Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan's largest autism therapy provider lost $8M grant," 9 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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