Definitions for: Counterfeit


[n] a copy that is represented as the original
[adj] not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince"
[v] make a copy of with the intent to deceive; "he faked the signature"; "they counterfeited dollar bills"; "She forged a Green Card"



Webster (1913) Definition: Coun"ter*feit (koun"t?r-f?t), a. [F. contrefait,
p. p. of contrefaire to counterfeit; contre (L. contra) +
faire to make, fr. L. facere. See Counter, adv., and
Fact.]
1. Representing by imitation or likeness; having a
resemblance to something else; portrayed.

Look here upon this picture, and on this- The
counterfeit presentment of two brothers. --Shak.

2. Fabricated in imitation of something else, with a view to
defraud by passing the false copy for genuine or original;
as, counterfeit antiques; counterfeit coin. ``No
counterfeit gem.'' --Robinson (More's Utopia).

3. Assuming the appearance of something; false; spurious;
deceitful; hypocritical; as, a counterfeit philanthropist.
``An arrant counterfeit rascal.'' --Shak.

Syn: Forged; fictitious; spurious; false.


Coun"ter*feit, n.
1. That which resembles or is like another thing; a likeness;
a portrait; a counterpart.

Thou drawest a counterfeit Best in all Athens.
--Shak.

Even Nature's self envied the same, And grudged to
see the counterfeit should shame The thing itself.
--Spenser.

2. That which is made in imitation of something, with a view
to deceive by passing the false for the true; as, the bank
note was a counterfeit.

Never call a true piece of gold a counterfeit.
--Shak.

Some of these counterfeits are fabricated with such
exquisite taste and skill, that it is the
achievement of criticism to distinguish them from
originals. --Macaulay.

3. One who pretends to be what he is not; one who personates
another; an impostor; a cheat.

I fear thou art another counterfeit; And yet, in
faith, thou bear'st thee like a king. --Shak.


Coun"ter*feit, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Counterfeited; p. pr. & vb. n. Counterfeiting.]
1. To imitate, or put on a semblance of; to mimic; as, to
counterfeit the voice of another person.

Full well they laughed with counterfeited glee At
all his jokes, for many a joke had he. --Goldsmith.

2. To imitate with a view to deceiving, by passing the copy
for that which is original or genuine; to forge; as, to
counterfeit the signature of another, coins, notes, etc.


Coun"ter*feit, v. i.
1. To carry on a deception; to dissemble; to feign; to
pretend.

The knave counterfeits well; a good knave. --Shak.

2. To make counterfeits.

Synonyms: assumed, bad, base, bastard, bogus, fake, fake, false, fictitious, fictive, forge, forged, forgery, imitation, imitative, inauthentic, mock, ostensible, ostensive, phoney, phony, pinchbeck, pretended, pseudo, put on, sham, spurious, synthetic, unauthentic

Antonyms: echt, genuine

See Also: artificial, copy, fake, insincere, postiche, re-create, sham, unreal

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