I. adjective Etymology: Middle English countrefet, from Anglo-French cuntrefeit, from past participle of cuntrefere, contrefaire to imitate, from cuntre- + faire to make, from Latin facere — more at do Date: 14th century 1. made in imitation of something else with intent to deceive ; forged <
counterfeit money
2. a. insincere, feigned <
counterfeit sympathy
b. imitation <
counterfeit Georgian houses
II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb to imitate or feign especially with intent to deceive; also to make a fraudulent replica of <
counterfeiting $20 bills
intransitive verb 1. to try to deceive by pretense or dissembling 2. to engage in counterfeiting something of value Synonyms: see assumecounterfeiter noun III. noun Date: 15th century 1. something counterfeit ; forgery 2. something likely to be mistaken for something of higher value <
pity was a counterfeit of love — Harry Hervey
Synonyms: see imposture

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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