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coun·ter·feit

 (koun′tər-fĭt′)
v. coun·ter·feit·ed, coun·ter·feit·ing, coun·ter·feits
v.tr.
1. To make an imitation or copy of (something), usually with the intent to defraud: counterfeits money.
2. To make a pretense of; feign: counterfeited interest in the story.
v.intr.
1. To carry on a deception; dissemble.
2. To make fraudulent copies of something valuable.
adj.
1. Made in imitation of what is genuine with the intent to defraud: a counterfeit dollar bill.
2. Simulated; feigned: "'You don't understand,' Morrison said with counterfeit patience" (Stephen King).
n.
A fraudulent imitation or facsimile.

[Middle English countrefeten, from contrefet, made in imitation, from Old French contrefait, past participle of contrefaire, to counterfeit : contre-, counter- + faire, to make (from Latin facere; see dhē- in Indo-European roots).]

coun′ter·feit′er n.

counterfeiting

(ˈkaʊntəˌfɪtɪŋ)
n
the making of fraudulent copies; forgery
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