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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 imitation of OVDs, contrary to general design and specifically to design-based features (such as micro-texts and guilloches), required further steps by the counterfeiter to produce counterfeits that were similar to the genuine object (hot foil application, silver ink etc.
companies whose products are being counterfeited within China have been hiring investigators based there to crack down on counterfeiters.
A lucrative illegal market flourished for counterfeiters with billions of dollars' worth of opportunities.
At that time, Kering and Alibaba had claimed that the two parties would work together to fight counterfeiters on the website.
Counterfeiters who hijack a valuable brand create risks for unwary customers and jeopardize the integrity of the brand.
The modern counterfeiters are equipped with elaborate distribution networks that push products across Africa with sales figures that compete with genuine producers.
Juan Bruna, president of BrunaSeals, says that embossing and printing a brand name, trademark symbols, message or custom coding and imprints are all tools that can be used on a jar's inner liner, to deter counterfeiters.
Some countries have been known to send confiscated shipments back to their point of origin, only for counterfeiters to chance their luck with the same cargo again, the anti-counterfeit experts said.
The author talks to counterfeiters, coin collectors, bankers, and transaction technology gurus, examining the social, economic, and political ramifications of a world moving away from tangible currency.
The Internet quickly and cheaply connects counterfeiters to a worldwide marketplace.
Secondly, it proves that despite training and sophisticated technology, counterfeiters are able to fool hospital workers and purchasing agents into buying fake drugs.
Counterfeiters are extremely savvy marketers, and the penalties for manufacturing and distributing fake medicines are relatively low, which means there is little incentive for counterfeiters to curb sales of these potentially dangerous products," says Patrick Ford, senior director of global security for Pfizer's Americas region.