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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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In November 2008, investigators learned he was back in the area, living at a campground on Douglas Road and allegedly making fake money.
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A FAMILY holiday in Turkey turned into an eight month nightmare for Nuneaton dad Yunus Khan who was locked up with murderers after being accused of changing fake money.
The fake money was used as far away as Chicago and Atlanta.
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At this point Tobin, 48, who has admitted possessing and passing fake money, smiled again then started laughing loudly as he was led away.
Should you acquire fake money from somewhere other than a store or bank, Marr urges consumers to refrain from stopping the perpetrator; not to handle the money excessively; and, if possible, get a description of the counterfeiter and his or her vehicle.
When he came back for the first time in June, Indians fans threw fake money at him and berated him throughout a three-game series.
For instance, he said, fake money feels different than genuine fibrous bills; printing on real currency is embossed, unlike flat, smooth counterfeit copies; and real bills depict a clear image, whereas fake bills may be slightly off color or fuzzy.
The prosecutor said Kootenay is the only county resident so far charged with passing fake money orders issued in recent years by the group Family Farm Preservation, based in Tigerton, Wisc.
Kootenay is charged with passing fake money orders issued by the group Family Farm Preservation, based in Tigerton, Wisc.