Counterfeit \Coun"ter*feit\ (koun"t?r-f?t), a. [F. contrefait,
p. p. of contrefaire to counterfeit; contre (L. contra) +
faire to make, fr. L. facere. See Counter, adv., and
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. "No
counterfeit gem." --Robinson (More's Utopia).
3. Assuming the appearance of something; false; spurious;
deceitful; hypocritical; as, a counterfeit philanthropist.
"An arrant counterfeit rascal." --Shak.
Syn: Forged; fictitious; spurious; false.
Counterfeit \Coun"ter*feit\, 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.
Some of these counterfeits are fabricated with such
exquisite taste and skill, that it is the
achievement of criticism to distinguish them from
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.
Counterfeit \Coun"ter*feit\, v. i.
1. To carry on a deception; to dissemble; to feign; to
The knave counterfeits well; a good knave. --Shak.
2. To make counterfeits.
Counterfeit \Coun"ter*feit\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Counterfeited; p. pr. & vb. n. Counterfeiting.]
1. To imitate, or put on a semblance of; to mimic; as, to
counterfeit the voice of another person.
Full well they laughed with counterfeited glee
At all his jokes, for many a joke had he.
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.