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phony

adjective
variants: also phoney

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(Entry 1 of 3)

1 being such in appearance only and made or manufactured with the intention of committing fraud
  • a phony watch with a designer logo

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phony

noun
variants: also phoney

Synonyms & Antonyms of phony (Entry 2 of 3)

1 an imitation that is passed off as genuine
  • the fancy "emerald" ring turned out to be a phony

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2 one who makes false claims of identity or expertise
  • the person who performed the liposuction operation was later discovered to be a phony

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phony

verb

Synonyms of phony (Entry 3 of 3)

to imitate or copy especially in order to deceive
  • the terrorists were able to move around the country using phonied driver's licenses

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The first known use of phony was in 1889

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“Phony.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/phony. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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