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"

Wiktionary

  1. counterfeitnoun

    A non-genuine article; a fake.

    Etymology: countrefait, from continental contrefait.

  2. counterfeitnoun

    One who counterfeits; a counterfeiter.

    Etymology: countrefait, from continental contrefait.

  3. counterfeitverb

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

    Etymology: countrefait, from continental contrefait.

  4. counterfeitverb

    To produce a faithful copy of.

    Etymology: countrefait, from continental contrefait.

  5. counterfeitverb

    To feign.

    Etymology: countrefait, from continental contrefait.

  6. counterfeitverb

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

    Etymology: countrefait, from continental contrefait.

  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.

    Etymology: countrefait, from continental contrefait.

  8. counterfeitadjective

    Inauthentic

    Etymology: countrefait, from continental contrefait.

Wikipedia

  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.

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Anuj Somany:

    There are many people who easily believe a concocted story as if the counterfeit money can be made by a person with a sugarcane juice machine and not done by a mammoth machinery.

  2. Richard Blumenthal:

    I have been concerned for years about it and why I think the Department of Justice should be investigating, i believe strongly that federal watchdog agencies have a role in protecting consumers because serious safety concerns are raised by this practice of steering often involving the use of inferior or even salvaged or counterfeit parts.

  3. Scott Gottlieb:

    Such operations and illegal online pharmacies take advantage of unsuspecting Americans by purporting to distribute safe and effective imported drugs, at least some of which are instead expired, mislabeled, subject to recalls or potentially counterfeit and that are provided outside of the closed American distribution system meant to protect patient safety.

  4. Ashifi Gogo:

    Similar to the pharmaceutical sector, counterfeit beverages have resulted in the loss of human lives.

  5. Casey Durst:

    Predatory scammers continue to prey on consumer fear by peddling these counterfeit or unapproved and potentially dangerous products as legitimate COVID-19 protective equipment or medicines.

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  • vervals, namaakAfrikaans
  • تزويرArabic
  • ялғанBashkir
  • подправен, фалшификация, фалшив, фалшифицирам, подправямBulgarian
  • Fälschung, fälschen, falsch, gefälschtGerman
  • πλαστογραφώ, πλαστός, κίβδηλος, ψεύτικος, παραχαράσσωGreek
  • contrahecho, contrahacer, falsificar, falsificado, contrahechuraSpanish
  • جعلیPersian
  • väärentää, väärä, jäljitelmä, väärennetty, väärennös, jäljiteltyFinnish
  • contrefaçon, contrefaire, contrefaitFrench
  • מזויףHebrew
  • खोटा, जाली, नक़लHindi
  • hamis, hamisítvány, hamisítottHungarian
  • palsuIndonesian
  • contraffare, contraffazione, falso, imitazione, falsificareItalian
  • フェイク, 偽物Japanese
  • ყალბიGeorgian
  • ក្លែងក្លាយ, របស់ក្លែងKhmer
  • namaken, vervalst, namaak, nep, vervalsing, vervalsenDutch
  • fałszować, podróbka, podrobiony, falsyfikat, sfałszowany, podrabiaćPolish
  • falso, contrafação, falsificar, contrafazer, falsificaçãoPortuguese
  • фальшивый, подделка, контрафактный, поддельный, подделать, подделывать, фальшивкаRussian
  • प्रातिरूपिकSanskrit
  • неаутентичан, лажанSerbo-Croatian
  • förfalskad, förfalskning, förfalskaSwedish
  • bandiaSwahili
  • ของปลอมThai
  • 伪造Chinese

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