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counterfeit (not comparable)
- False, especially of money; intended to deceive or carry appearance of being genuine.
- counterfeit purpose
- This counterfeit watch looks like the real thing, but it broke a week after I bought it.
- counterfeit sympathy
- Assuming the appearance of something; deceitful; hypocritical.
- See also Thesaurus:fake
intended to deceive or carry appearance of being genuine
counterfeit (plural counterfeits)
- A non-genuine article; a fake.
- c. 1597 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene iv]:
- Never call a true piece of gold a counterfeit.
- 1971, Peter Brown, The World of Late Antiquity: AD 150—750, Thames & Hudson LTD, published 2013, →ISBN, page 53:
- ‘Revelation’, to a philosopher such as Plotinus, was not merely irrational: it led to second-rate counterfeits of traditional academic philosophical culture. It was as if the inhabitants of an underdeveloped country were to seek to catch up with western technology by claiming to have learnt nuclear physics through dreams and oracles.
- One who counterfeits; a counterfeiter.
- (obsolete) That which resembles another thing; a likeness; a portrait; a counterpart.
- (obsolete) An impostor; a cheat.
- c. 1597 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene iv]:
- I fear thou art another counterfeit; / And yet, in faith, thou bear'st thee like a king.
counterfeiter — see counterfeiter
- (transitive) To falsely produce what appears to be official or valid; to produce a forged copy of.
- to counterfeit the signature of another, coins, notes, etc.
- (transitive, obsolete) To produce a faithful copy of.
- 2008, Michael Gaudio, Engraving the savage: the New World and techniques of civilization, page xii:
- The title page of White's original album includes a descriptive title page that identifies the contents as “the pictures of sondry things collected and counterfeited according to the truth,"
- (transitive, obsolete) To feign; to mimic.
- to counterfeit the voice of another person
- 1770, Oliver Goldsmith, The Village Schoolmaster:
- Full well they laughed with counterfeited glee / At all his jokes, for many a joke had he.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volumes (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar, […], →OCLC:
- I again conveyed his key into his pocket, and counterfeiting sleep—though I never once closed my eyes, lay in bed till after he arose and went to prayers—an exercise to which I had long been unaccustomed.
- (transitive, poker, usually "be counterfeited") Of a turn or river card, to invalidate a player's hand by making a better hand on the board.
To produce something that appears to be official or valid
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