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coun·ter·feit  (koun′tər-fĭt′)
v. coun·ter·feit·ed, coun·ter·feit·ing, coun·ter·feits
1. To make a copy of, usually with the intent to defraud; forge: counterfeits money.
2. To make a pretense of; feign: counterfeited interest in the story.
1. To carry on a deception; dissemble.
2. To make fraudulent copies of something valuable.
1. Made in imitation of what is genuine with the intent to defraud: a counterfeit dollar bill.
2. Simulated; feigned: a counterfeit illness.
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.

counterfeit (ˈkaʊntəfɪt)
1. made in imitation of something genuine with the intent to deceive or defraud; forged
2. simulated; sham: counterfeit affection.
3. an imitation designed to deceive or defraud
4. an impostor; cheat
5. (tr) to make a fraudulent imitation of
6. (intr) to make counterfeits
7. to feign; simulate
8. (tr) to imitate; copy
[C13: from Old French contrefait, from contrefaire to copy, from contre-counter- + faire to make, from Latin facere]
ˈcounterfeiter n
coun•ter•feit (ˈkaʊn tərˌfɪt)

1. made in imitation with intent to deceive; not genuine; forged.
2. pretended; unreal: counterfeit grief.
3. an imitation intended to be passed off as genuine; forgery.
4. to make a counterfeit of; forge.
5. to resemble.
6. to simulate.
7. to make counterfeits, as of money.
8. to feign; dissemble.
[1250–1300; Middle English countrefet false, forged < Anglo-French cuntrefet, Old French contrefait, past participle of conterfere to copy, imitate =conter- counter- + fere to make, do « Latin facere (see fact)]
coun′ter•feit`er, n.
syn: See false.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.counterfeit - a copy that is represented as the originalcounterfeit - a copy that is represented as the original
imitation - something copied or derived from an original
Verb1.counterfeit - make a copy of with the intent to deceive; "he faked the signature"; "they counterfeited dollar bills"; "She forged a Green Card"
re-create - create anew; "Re-create the boom of the West on a small scale"
Adj.1.counterfeit - not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince"
artificial, unreal - contrived by art rather than nature; "artificial flowers"; "artificial flavoring"; "an artificial diamond"; "artificial fibers"; "artificial sweeteners"
unreal - lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria; "ghosts and other unreal entities"; "unreal propaganda serving as news"
insincere - lacking sincerity; "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman"; "their praise was extravagant and insincere"
false - not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality; "gave false testimony under oath"; "false tales of bravery"
echt, genuine - not fake or counterfeit; "a genuine Picasso"; "genuine leather"

fake, copied, false, forged, imitation, bogus, simulated, sham, fraudulent, feigned, spurious, ersatz, phoney or phony (informal), pseud or pseudo (informal) He admitted possessing and delivering counterfeit currency.
fake real, original, genuine, authentic, dinkum (Austral & N.Z. informal), good
fake, copy, reproduction, imitation, sham, forgery, phoney or phony (informal), fraud Levi Strauss says counterfeits of the company's jeans are flooding Europe.
fake the real thing, the real McCoy
fake, copy, forge, imitate, simulate, sham, fabricate, feign He is alleged to have counterfeited video cassettes.
counterfeit [ˈkaʊntəfiːt]
A. ADJ (= false) → falsificado
B. Nfalsificación f; (= coin) → moneda f falsa; (= note) → billete m falso
C. VTfalsificar

counterfeit [ˈkaʊntərfɪt]
n (= document, article) → faux m, contrefaçon f
vt [+ goods, document] → contrefaire
to counterfeit money → fabriquer de la fausse monnaie

adjgefälscht; (fig)falsch; counterfeit money/coinsFalschgeld nt
nFälschung f
vtfälschen; (fig)vortäuschen

counterfeit [ˈkaʊntəfɪt]
1. adjcontraffatto/a, falsificato/a, falso/a; (money) → falso/a
2. nfalso, contraffazione f; (coin) → moneta falsa

counterfeit (ˈkauntəfit) adjective
1. copied or made in imitation especially with a dishonest purpose. counterfeit money.
2. not genuine or not real.
1. to make a copy of for dishonest purposes. to counterfeit banknotes.
2. to pretend. She counterfeited friendship.

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