What does counterfeit mean?

Definitions for counterfeit
ˈkaʊn tərˌfɪtcoun·ter·feit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. counterfeit, forgeryadjective

    a copy that is represented as the original

  2. counterfeit, imitativeverb

    not genuine; imitating something superior

    "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince"

  3. forge, fake, counterfeitverb

    make a copy of with the intent to deceive

    "he faked the signature"; "they counterfeited dollar bills"; "She forged a Green Card"


  1. counterfeitnoun

    A non-genuine article; a fake.

  2. counterfeitnoun

    One who counterfeits; a counterfeiter.

  3. counterfeitverb

    To falsely produce what appears to be official or valid; to produce a forged copy of.

  4. counterfeitverb

    To produce a faithful copy of.

  5. counterfeitverb

    To feign.

  6. counterfeitverb

    Of a turn or river card, to invalidate a player's hand by making a better hand on the board.

  7. counterfeitadjective

    False, especially of money; intended to deceive or carry appearance of being genuine.

    This counterfeit watch looks like the real thing, but it broke a week after I bought it.

  8. counterfeitadjective


  9. Etymology: countrefait, from continental contrefait.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Counterfeitadjective

    Etymology: from the verb.

    I learn
    Now of my own experience, not by talk,
    How counterfeit a coin they are, who friends
    Bear in their superscription; in prosperous days
    They swarm, but in adverse withdraw their head. John Milton.

    General observations drawn from particulars, are the jewels of knowledge, comprehending great store in a little room; but they are therefore to be made with the greater care and caution, left, if we take counterfeit for true, our shame be the greater, when our stock comes to a severe scrutiny. John Locke.

    True friends appear less mov’d than counterfeit. Wentworth Dillon.

  2. Counterfeitnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    I am no counterfeit; to die is to be a counterfeit; for he is but the counterfeit of a man, who hath not the life of a man. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    This priest, being utterly unacquainted with the true person, according to whose pattern he should shape his counterfeit, yet could think it possible for him to instruct his player, either in gesture or fashions, or in recounting past matters of his life and education, or in fit answers to questions, any ways to come near the resemblance of him whom he was to represent. Francis Bacon.

    But trust me, child, I’m much inclin’d to fear
    Some counterfeit in this your Jupiter. Joseph Addison, Ovid. Metam.

    My father was I know not where,
    When I was stampt. Some coiner, with his tools,
    Made me a counterfeit; yet my mother seem’d
    The Dian of that time. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    There would be no counterfeits but for the sake of something that is real; for though all pretenders seem to be what they really are not, yet they pretend to be something that really is. John Tillotson, Sermons.


    Etymology: contrefaire, French.

    What art thou,
    That counterfeits the person of a king? William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    It came into this priest’s fancy to cause this lad to counterfeit and personate the second son of Edward IV. supposed to be murdered. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    There have been some that could counterfeit the distance of voices, which is a secondary object of hearing, in such sort, as when they stand fast by you, you would think the speech came from afar off in a fearful manner. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

    Say, lovely dream, where could’st thou find
    Shadows to counterfeit that face? Edmund Waller.

    It happens, that not one single line or thought is contained in this imposture, although it appears that they who counterfeited me had heard of the true one. Jonathan Swift.

    And, Oh, you mortal engines, whose rude throats
    Th’ immortal Jove’s dread clamours counterfeit,
    Farewel! William Shakespeare, Othello.

    O Eve! in evil hour thou did’st give ear
    To that false worm, of whomsoever taught
    To counterfeit man’s voice. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix.

    To counterfeit, is to put on the likeness and appearance of some real excellency: Bristol-stones would not pretend to be diamonds, if there never had been diamonds. John Tillotson, Serm.


  1. Counterfeit

    To counterfeit means to imitate something authentic, with the intent to steal, destroy, or replace the original, for use in illegal transactions, or otherwise to deceive individuals into believing that the fake is of equal or greater value than the real thing. Counterfeit products are fakes or unauthorized replicas of the real product. Counterfeit products are often produced with the intent to take advantage of the superior value of the imitated product. The word counterfeit frequently describes both the forgeries of currency and documents, as well as the imitations of items such as clothing, handbags, shoes, pharmaceuticals, automobile parts, unapproved aircraft parts, (which have caused many accidents), watches, electronics (both parts and finished products), software, works of art, toys, and movies.Counterfeit products tend to have fake company logos and brands (resulting in patent or trademark infringement in the case of goods), have a reputation for being lower quality (sometimes not working at all) and may contain toxic substances such as lead. This has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, due to automobile and aviation accidents, poisoning, or ceasing to take essential compounds (e.g., in the case a person takes non-working medicine).The counterfeiting of money, mostly paper money, is usually attacked aggressively by governments worldwide.


  1. counterfeit

    Counterfeit refers to a fraudulent imitation or replication of something valuable or important, such as money, products, art, documents, etc. It involves the production or distribution of goods or items that are intentionally designed to deceive or trick by appearing to be genuine, typically for financial gain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Counterfeitadverb

    representing by imitation or likeness; having a resemblance to something else; portrayed

  2. Counterfeitadverb

    fabricated in imitation of something else, with a view to defraud by passing the false copy for genuine or original; as, counterfeit antiques; counterfeit coin

  3. Counterfeitadverb

    assuming the appearance of something; false; spurious; deceitful; hypocritical; as, a counterfeit philanthropist

  4. Counterfeitnoun

    that which resembles or is like another thing; a likeness; a portrait; a counterpart

  5. Counterfeitnoun

    that which is made in imitation of something, with a view to deceive by passing the false for the true; as, the bank note was a counterfeit

  6. Counterfeitnoun

    one who pretends to be what he is not; one who personates another; an impostor; a cheat

  7. Counterfeitverb

    to imitate, or put on a semblance of; to mimic; as, to counterfeit the voice of another person

  8. Counterfeitverb

    to imitate with a view to deceiving, by passing the copy for that which is original or genuine; to forge; as, to counterfeit the signature of another, coins, notes, etc

  9. Counterfeitverb

    to carry on a deception; to dissemble; to feign; to pretend

  10. Counterfeitverb

    to make counterfeits


  1. Counterfeit

    To counterfeit means to imitate something. Counterfeit products are fake replicas of the real product. Counterfeit products are often produced with the intent to take advantage of the superior value of the imitated product. The word counterfeit frequently describes both the forgeries of currency and documents, as well as the imitations of works of art, toys, clothing, software, pharmaceuticals, watches, electronics, handbags and shoes. Counterfeit products have a fake company logos and brands. In the case of goods, it results in patent infringement or trademark infringement. Illegal drugs may also be counterfeit, e.g. by passing off baking soda as cocaine, a scam which relies on the naivete of the buyer. Counterfeit consumer products have a reputation for being low quality. The counterfeiting of money is usually attacked aggressively by governments. The counterfeiting of goods is condoned by some governments. Counterfeit money is the most popular product counterfeited.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Counterfeit

    kown′tėr-fit, -fēt, v.t. to imitate: to copy without authority: to forge.—n. something false or copied, or that pretends to be true and original.—adj. pretended: made in imitation of: forged: false.—n. Coun′terfeiter, one who counterfeits.—adv. Coun′terfeitly, in a counterfeit manner: falsely.—n. Coun′ter-fes′ance (Spens.), act of counterfeiting: forgery. [O. Fr. contrefet, from contrefaire, to imitate—L. contra, against, facĕre, to do.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of counterfeit in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of counterfeit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of counterfeit in a Sentence

  1. The United:

    The global trade in counterfeit and pirated goods undermines critical The United States innovation and creativity and harms American workers, this illicit trade also increases the vulnerability of workers involved in the manufacturing of counterfeit goods to exploitative labor practices, and the counterfeit goods can pose significant risks to the health and safety of consumers and workers around the world.

  2. Mark Harris:

    It is the great counterfeit. That's why we've got to be so careful of political leaders who somehow just like to speak of it as one of the great world religions. Ladies and gentlemen, it is not, in right here in Revelation 13, can't you see where we're moving ? Because in Revelation 13 there is a counterfeit death and there is a counterfeit resurrection.

  3. James Feldkamp:

    It's saying, 'We're not looking to circumnavigate everywhere and flood the U.S. with a bunch of counterfeit garbage. We're another legitimate channel for U.S. consumers.

  4. La Rochefoucauld:

    Some disguised deceits counterfeit truth so perfectly that not to be taken in by them would be an error of judgment.

  5. Richard Gordon:

    In the 20th century, specialisation has become the counterfeit of brilliance.

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  • namaak, vervalsAfrikaans
  • تزويرArabic
  • ялғанBashkir
  • фалшификация, подправен, подправям, фалшив, фалшифицирамBulgarian
  • Fälschung, falsch, fälschen, gefälschtGerman
  • κίβδηλος, πλαστογραφώ, παραχαράσσω, ψεύτικος, πλαστόςGreek
  • contrahacer, contrahechura, falsificado, falsificar, contrahechoSpanish
  • جعلیPersian
  • väärennetty, jäljitelty, väärentää, väärennös, jäljitelmä, vääräFinnish
  • contrefaire, contrefait, contrefaçonFrench
  • מזויףHebrew
  • नक़ल, जाली, खोटाHindi
  • hamisítvány, hamisított, hamisHungarian
  • palsuIndonesian
  • contraffare, imitazione, falsificare, falso, contraffazioneItalian
  • 偽物, フェイクJapanese
  • ყალბიGeorgian
  • ក្លែងក្លាយ, របស់ក្លែងKhmer
  • vervalsen, namaak, nep, vervalst, namaken, vervalsingDutch
  • sfałszowany, podrabiać, falsyfikat, fałszować, podróbka, podrobionyPolish
  • contrafazer, contrafação, falsificar, falsificação, falsoPortuguese
  • поддельный, фальшивый, подделка, фальшивка, контрафактный, подделывать, подделатьRussian
  • प्रातिरूपिकSanskrit
  • лажан, неаутентичанSerbo-Croatian
  • förfalskad, förfalskning, förfalskaSwedish
  • bandiaSwahili
  • ของปลอมThai
  • 伪造Chinese

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