Counterfeit



[koun-ter-fit] /ˈkaʊn tərˌfɪt/

adjective
1.
made in imitation so as to be passed off fraudulently or deceptively as genuine; not genuine; forged:
counterfeit dollar bills.
2.
pretended; unreal:
counterfeit grief.
noun
3.
an imitation intended to be passed off fraudulently or deceptively as genuine; forgery.
4.
Archaic. a copy.
5.
Archaic. a close likeness; portrait.
6.
Obsolete. impostor; pretender.
verb (used with object)
7.
to make a counterfeit of; imitate fraudulently; forge.
8.
to resemble.
9.
to simulate.
verb (used without object)
10.
to make counterfeits, as of money.
11.
to feign; dissemble.
/ˈkaʊntəfɪt/
adjective
1.
made in imitation of something genuine with the intent to deceive or defraud; forged
2.
simulated; sham: counterfeit affection
noun
3.
an imitation designed to deceive or defraud
4.
(archaic) an impostor; cheat
verb
5.
(transitive) to make a fraudulent imitation of
6.
(intransitive) to make counterfeits
7.
to feign; simulate
8.
(transitive) to imitate; copy
v.

late 13c., from Old French contrefait “imitated” (Modern French contrefait), past participle of contrefaire “imitate,” from contre- “against” (see contra-) + faire “to make, to do” (from Latin facere; see factitious). Medieval Latin contrafactio meant “setting in opposition or contrast.” Related: Counterfeited; counterfeiting. The noun and adjective are from late 14c.

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