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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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We will therefore continue to inform clients throughout the region about the negative consequences that counterfeits can entail.
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About 1 in 25,000 $50 notes is a counterfeit, according to the Federal Reserve.
Manufacturing companies report that they have made good progress in reducing the quantities of counterfeits in many Latin American countries but in a few countries counterfeits are still common.
That the term "counterfeit" contains both of these resonances (to practice deceit, or even to assume the character of another person, and to create that which is illegitimate, especially for financial gain) suggests that counterfeits would mark connections between crises of identity and social relations, on the one hand, and more explicitly economic crises, on the other.
Though infamous for its thriving narcotics industry, Colombia is also the world's leading producer of counterfeit US currency.
Our hearts are made for God and love, but we fallen creatures often settle for their counterfeits, vain images and corrosive lust.
The result has been much smaller proportions of counterfeits of new design notes among notes processed at Federal Reserve Banks.