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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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Players gambled with fake money, but the researchers had promised real money to the overall winner.
We will strike with an iron hand anyone who tries to impact the UAE economy by possessing and using fake money," Al Mansouri added.
The sales lady did not know that the suspect used fake money.
A man was arrested in Jounieh, having been found with $100,000 in fake money, while in Sin al-Fil, an Egyptian national was arrested with $50,000 on him, the statement said.
MERSEYSIDE Police believe they have smashed a counterfeiting ring capable of producing millions of pounds of fake money.
Al Mugahwi stressed that smuggling duplicated currencies threaten the national and international economies since fake money has absolutely no real value and therefore considered a massive loss for individuals and parties who unknowingly take or receive them as these cunningly faked currencies might be exchanged in the country's local markets.