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.”
3. Assuming the appearance of something; false; spurious; deceitful; hypocritical; as, a counterfeit philanthropist. “An arrant counterfeit rascal.”
Syn: -- Forged; fictitious; spurious; false.
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.
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. --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.
Coun·ter·feit, 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.
adj : not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit
emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of
art"; "a counterfeit prince" [syn: imitative] [ant: genuine]
n : a copy that is represented as the original [syn: imitation,
v : make a copy of with the intent to deceive; "he faked the
signature"; "they counterfeited dollar bills"; "She
forged a Green Card" [syn: forge, fake]