October 02, 2011
- counterfeit (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : made in exact imitation of something else with the intention of deceiving : forged2 : not sincere : sham
- How do you use it?
- Elisa seemed to care that Raul had lost his dog but, since she never liked the dog anyway, her sympathy was counterfeit.
- Are you a word wiz?
All of the statements about "counterfeit" are the real thing except one, which is false. Which of the answers do you think is NOT a true statement?We're being dishonest with answer C: "counterfeit" was in use long before Shakespeare's time. In fact, it first came into use in the 14th century, as stated in answer B. It traces to the Latin root "facere," meaning "to make" or "to do," and made its way through Anglo-French before being picked up in English. English speakers put "counterfeit" to use not only as an adjective, but also as a verb (as in "criminals counterfeiting twenty dollar bills") and a noun (as in "a valuable document that turned out to be a counterfeit").