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counterfeit

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

1 being such in appearance only and made or manufactured with the intention of committing fraud
  • counterfeit currency that had been passed all over town

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2 not being or expressing what one appears to be or express
  • when it comes to the poor, his compassion is so counterfeit—he gives a damn, and that's all that he gives

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counterfeit

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of counterfeit (Entry 2 of 3)

an imitation that is passed off as genuine
  • the will as well as the other documents turned out to be counterfeits

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counterfeit

verb

Synonyms of counterfeit (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to imitate or copy especially in order to deceive
  • an expert at counterfeiting money

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2 to present a false appearance of
  • managing to counterfeit a happy expression while visiting a sick friend

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Noun

imposture, fraud, sham, fake, humbug, counterfeit mean a thing made to seem other than it is. imposture applies to any situation in which a spurious object or performance is passed off as genuine. their claim of environmental concern is an imposture fraud usually implies a deliberate perversion of the truth. the diary was exposed as a fraud sham applies to fraudulent imitation of a real thing or action. condemned the election as a sham fake implies an imitation of or substitution for the genuine but does not necessarily imply dishonesty. these jewels are fakes; the real ones are in the vault humbug suggests elaborate pretense usually so flagrant as to be transparent. creating publicity by foisting humbugs on a gullible public counterfeit applies especially to the close imitation of something valuable. 20-dollar bills that were counterfeits

Verb

assume, affect, pretend, simulate, feign, counterfeit, sham mean to put on a false or deceptive appearance. assume often implies a justifiable motive rather than an intent to deceive. assumed an air of cheerfulness around the patients affect implies making a false show of possessing, using, or feeling. affected an interest in art pretend implies an overt and sustained false appearance. pretended that nothing had happened simulate suggests a close imitation of the appearance of something. cosmetics that simulate a suntan feign implies more artful invention than pretend, less specific mimicry than simulate. feigned sickness counterfeit implies achieving the highest degree of verisimilitude of any of these words. an actor counterfeiting drunkenness sham implies an obvious falseness that fools only the gullible. shammed a most unconvincing limp

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The first known use of counterfeit was in the 14th century

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“Counterfeit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/counterfeit. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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