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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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 To hold people such as Bronsted accountable for both stealing items and pawning them without using the false swearing statute, a prosecutor would have to issue charges of both forgery and theft of movable property. Taylor Palmby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A rare felony charge could help curb Wisconsin's opioid epidemic and property theft," 2 July 2018 Convicted in 2005 of drug smuggling, forgery and fraud, the former minister received a five-year prison sentence as well as a $27,500 fine. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Israel Charges a Former Minister With Spying for Iran," 18 June 2018 Faith in the ledger is maintained by thousands of computers worldwide that collectively police the system for forgeries and other types of fraud. Brian Fung,, "Coinbase is building a cryptocurrency empire," 18 May 2018 Gina West, 47, was booked Thursday (April 19) with 39 counts of theft, 17 counts of forgery and 17 counts of bank fraud, said Lt. Michelle Hunter,, "Metairie caretaker stole jewelry, checks from patient's home: JPSO," 23 Apr. 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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