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To falsify, deceive, or defraud. A copy or imitation of something that is intended to be taken as authentic and genuine in order to deceive another.

A counterfeit coin is one that may pass for a genuine coin and may include a lower denomination coin altered so that it may pass as a higher denomination coin.


1) adj. describing a document, particularly money, which is forged or created to look real, and intended to pass for real. 2) v. to criminally forge or print a false copy of money, bonds, or other valuable documents, intending to profit from the falsity. 3) n. shorthand for phoney money passed for real. (See: forgery, utter)


noun act of copying, bogus, copy, crimmnal imitation, deception, ersatz, fabrication, fake, false copy, false duplication, false representation, false reproduction, falsehood, falseness, falsification, falsity, falsus, forged copy, forgery, fradulent copy, fraudulent imitation, imitation, plagiary, pretense, simulation, unauthorized copy
Associated concepts: counterfeit bill, counterfeited written instrument
See also: assume, assumed, bogus, copy, deception, deceptive, disguise, dishonest, disingenuous, dupe, erroneous, fabricate, fake, false, falsification, falsify, feign, feigned, fictitious, forgery, hoax, illusory, imitate, imitation, impersonate, imposture, invent, lie, mendacious, meretricious, mislead, mock, palter, pirate, plagiarize, pose, pretend, prevaricate, profess, replacement, sham, simulate, specious, spurious, subterfuge, synthetic, untrue

TO COUNTERFEIT, criminal law. To make something false, in the semblance of that which is true; it always implies a fraudulent intent. Vide Vin. Ab. h.t. Forgery.

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The counterfeiters have complex shipment routes," said Yasar Yaman, director of global security at Pfizer, an international drug manufacturer.
Counterfeiting persisted for multiple reasons: weak punishments and frequent pardons of perpetrators; little cooperation among local, state and federal agencies; the absence of effective local police forces; the ability of counterfeiters to work out of Canada; the growing anonymity of cities and marketplace encounters; the need for and popularity of paper money in the west; the surreptitious use of discarded printing plates of bankrupt banks; and the simple willingness of ordinary citizens to pass counterfeit notes to others rather than turning them in.
The CBI has admitted that the counterfeiters have deep knowledge and access to the special kind of ink, paper and other ingredients, which are used to make currency note.
Obviously with this number and differing kinds of notes came the counterfeiters.
Cllr Clucas has now pledged the council's support to help the Reds clamp down on counterfeiters.
The counterfeiter will sell it on within the criminal community for up to 70p.
The problem was so bad that a group of Boston bankers joined forces and routed the counterfeiters, who were holed up across the border just north of Vermont.
The Counterfeiters won the foreign-language Oscar on February 24, creating buzz for the Austrian film that had opened in this country in limited release just two days earlier.
That's the working philosophy held by Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics), and it's a conviction that gets shaken to its core in "The Counterfeiters," a smart, stark examination of the moral dilemma faced by a specialized group of concentration camp prisoners in the waning days of World War II.
Sharp-eyed boozers will be able to spot them as the counterfeiters have mis-spelt the label to read "Catrine, Ayrshre".