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counterfeit

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of counterfeit

  1. 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 Synonyms of counterfeit bogus, fake, false, forged, inauthentic, phony (also phoney), queer, sham, snide, spurious, unauthentic Words Related to counterfeit artificial, factitious, imitation, man-made, mimic, mock, simulated, substitute, synthetic; dummy, nonfunctioning, ornamental; cultured, fabricated, manufactured; deceptive, delusive, misleading Near Antonyms of counterfeit natural; actual, true, valid Antonyms of counterfeit authentic, bona fide, genuine, real, unfaked

  2. 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 Synonyms of counterfeit artificial, backhanded, insincere, double, double-dealing, double-faced, fake, feigned, hypocritical, Janus-faced, jive [slang], left-handed, lip, mealy, mealymouthed, Pecksniffian, phony (also phoney), phony-baloney (or phoney-baloney), pretended, two-faced, unctuousWords Related to counterfeit affected, assumed, claptrap, contrived, forced, mechanical, put-on, simulated, strained, unnatural; empty, hollow, meaningless; deceitful, devious, dishonest, false, untruthful; facile, glib, superficial; bogus, sham; campy, facetious, jocular, tongue-in-cheek; canting, pharisaical, pious, sanctimonious, self-righteous, simon-pureNear Antonyms of counterfeit direct, forthright, frank, heart-to-heart, open, plain, straightforwardAntonyms of counterfeit artless, candid, genuine, heartfelt, honest, sincere, undesigning, unfeigned


counterfeit

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of counterfeit

  1. an imitation that is passed off as genuine the will as well as the other documents turned out to be counterfeits Synonyms of counterfeit fake, forgery, hoax, humbug, phony (also phoney), shamWords Related to counterfeit copycat, knockoff; copy, facsimile, replica, reproduction; dummy, mock-up; fraud, gaff, imposture, spoof, swindle; simulation, synthetic; bastard, brummagem, duffer, shoddyNear Antonyms of counterfeit original

Synonym Discussion of counterfeit

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

counterfeit

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of counterfeit

  1. 1 to imitate or copy especially in order to deceive an expert at counterfeiting money Synonyms of counterfeit fake, forge, phonyWords Related to counterfeit simulate; duplicate, reduplicate, replicate, reproduce; crib, plagiarize; adulterate, doctor, fudge, juggle, manipulate, tamper (with); concoct, cook (up), fabricate, invent

  2. 2 to present a false appearance of managing to counterfeit a happy expression while visiting a sick friend Synonyms of counterfeit act, affect, assume, bluff, feign, dissemble, fake, pass (for), pretend, profess, put on, sham, simulateWords Related to counterfeit dissimulate, impersonate, let on, masquerade, play, playact, pose; forge, imitate; camouflage, conceal, disguise, mask; feint; malinger

Synonym Discussion of counterfeit

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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