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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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One is how the counterfeiter chooses the way to imitate a hologram and the method of its application.
Secondly, it proves that despite training and sophisticated technology, counterfeiters are able to fool hospital workers and purchasing agents into buying fake drugs.
6) The Counterfeiters is no exception, confronting its characters--and by extension its audience--with challenging moral dilemmas.
government also misses out on millions of dollars in taxes, and more than 750,000 jobs are lost to counterfeiters, according to Customs.
When users experience these problems, they typically blame the manufacturer, not realizing that the ink or toner has been made by a counterfeiter.
Such a strategy may achieve immediate results in terms of recovering damages, permanently enjoining a specific counterfeiter and attracting publicity to discourage similar conduct by others.
A product counterfeiter looks for projects to pursue the same as MNEs, but the rules of the game are different.
The manufacturer who uses these technologies does so with the hope that the cost associated with implementing them will be significantly lower than the counterfeiter trying to copy them.
THE ART OF MAKING MONEY: THE STORY OF A MASTER COUNTERFEITER tells the true story of a legendary counterfeiter who was only undone when he looked for family ties.
Despite the lack of a rigid hierarchy, members typically fall into one of several roles - leader, check procurer, counterfeiter, information broker, or check passer.
The quality of the reproduction can be very high," they report, "and not solely dependent on the skill of the counterfeiter.