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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 Stockholm, Sweden, the Stockholm City Court issued an order on July 30, 1997 preventing a Swedish sports retailer, Sportz & Golf, from advertising or selling illegal counterfeits and knock-offs of Callaway Golf's patented and trademarked Big Bertha(R) lines of golf clubs.
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Perine alleges that as early as 2001, Sutton began development of its first knock-off infant's keepsake bank.
The judgment includes an order to immediately and permanently halt all unlawful activities including: 1) manufacturing, marketing, or selling of all knock-off products; 2) using any of Obagi's proprietary or confidential information; 3) contacting any Obagi customers, distributors or manufacturers; and 4) disparaging or dealing in any Obagi products.
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HOUSTON -- When the NBA All-Star Game visits Houston this week for the first time in 17 years, unsuspecting basketball fans will be targeted by counterfeiters attempting to sell illegal and poorly produced knock-off NBA merchandise.
Indeed, with at least three knock-off brands, perhaps one of them will snag a TV show or animated movie deal, squeezing every last last bit of juice from the beans.
As the Hurricanes head to the NHL Eastern Conference Finals this weekend for the second time in five years, unsuspecting hockey fans - eager to show their support for their favorite team and players - will be targeted by counterfeiters attempting to sell unauthorized and poorly produced knock-off merchandise.
Revlon's ``Street Wear'' line debuted in August of 1996, and Urban Decay plans to argue in court that Revlon's products are a direct knock-off of its offerings.