Counterfeit

Definition of Counterfeit

Coun´ter`feit   Pronunciation: koun´t?r-f?t
a.1.
1.Representing by imitation or likeness; having a resemblance to something else; portrayed.
Look here upon this picture, and on this-
The counterfeit presentment of two brothers.
- Shak.
2.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.Assuming the appearance of something; false; spurious; deceitful; hypocritical; as, a counterfeit philanthropist.
n.1.That which resembles or is like another thing; a likeness; a portrait; a counterpart.
Thou drawest a counterfeit
Best in all Athens.
- Shak.
Even Nature's self envied the same,
And grudged to see the counterfeit should shame
The thing itself.
- Spenser.
2.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.
Never call a true piece of gold a counterfeit.
- Shak.
Some of these counterfeits are fabricated with such exquisite taste and skill, that it is the achievement of criticism to distinguish them from originals.
- Macaulay.
3.One who pretends to be what he is not; one who personates another; an impostor; a cheat.
I fear thou art another counterfeit;
And yet, in faith, thou bear'st thee like a king.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To imitate, or put on a semblance of; to mimic; as, to counterfeit the voice of another person.
[imp. & p. p. Counterfeited; p. pr. & vb. n. Counterfeiting.]
Full well they laughed with counterfeited glee
At all his jokes, for many a joke had he.
- Goldsmith.
2.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.
v. i.1.To carry on a deception; to dissemble; to feign; to pretend.
The knave counterfeits well; a good knave.
- Shak.
2.To make counterfeits.

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