Definition of "counterfeit" []

  • To make a copy of, usually with the intent to defraud; forge: counterfeits money. (verb-transitive)
  • To make a pretense of; feign: counterfeited interest in the story. (verb-transitive)
  • To carry on a deception; dissemble. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make fraudulent copies of something valuable. (verb-intransitive)
  • Made in imitation of what is genuine with the intent to defraud: a counterfeit dollar bill. (adjective)
  • Made in imitation of something genuine with the intent to deceive or defraud; forged (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Simulated; sham (adjective)
  • An imitation designed to deceive or defraud (noun)
  • An impostor; cheat (noun)
  • To make a fraudulent imitation of (verb)
  • To make counterfeits (verb)
  • To feign; simulate (verb)
  • To imitate; copy (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "counterfeit" in a sentence
  • "You can see from this video that the counterfeit is almost as dull as the real thing; an astonishing achievement."
  • "But of what they call counterfeit pleasures they make naught; as of pride in apparel and gems, or in vain honours; or of dicing; or hunting, which they deem the most abject kind of butchery."
  • "Cross-border trade in counterfeit and pirated goods is a growing global problem that often involves organized criminal networks."