Counterfeit vs Phoney - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between counterfeit and phoney
is that counterfeit
is false, especially of money; intended to deceive or carry appearance of being genuine while phoney
As nouns the difference between counterfeit and phoney
is that counterfeit
is a non-genuine article; a fake while phoney
As a verb counterfeit
is to falsely produce what appears to be official or valid; to produce a forged copy of.
False, especially of money; intended to deceive or carry appearance of being genuine.
- This counterfeit watch looks like the real thing, but it broke a week after I bought it.
Assuming the appearance of something; deceitful; hypocritical.
- counterfeit sympathy
- an arrant counterfeit rascal
* See also
A non-genuine article; a fake.
*c.1597 William Shakespeare, Henry IV part I, Act II, scene 4:
- Never call a true piece of gold a counterfeit .
One who counterfeits; a counterfeiter.
(obsolete) That which resembles another thing; a likeness; a portrait; a counterpart.
* William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens
- Some of these counterfeits are fabricated with such exquisite taste and skill, that it is the achievement of criticism to distinguish them from originals.
* 1590 Edmund Spenser, Faerie Queene Book III, canto VIII:
- Thou drawest a counterfeit / Best in all Athens.
(obsolete) An impostor; a cheat.
* c.1597 William Shakespeare, Henry IV part I, Act V, scene 4
- Even Nature's self envied the same, / And grudged to see the counterfeit should shame / The thing itself.
- I fear thou art another counterfeit ; / And yet, in faith, thou bear'st thee like a king.
To falsely produce what appears to be official or valid; to produce a forged copy of.
(obsolete) To produce a faithful copy of.
(obsolete) To feign; to mimic.
- to counterfeit the signature of another, coins, notes, etc.
* Oliver Goldsmith, The Village Schoolmaster
- to counterfeit the voice of another person
Of a turn or river card, to invalidate a player's hand by making a better hand on the board.
- Full well they laughed with counterfeited glee / At all his jokes, for many a joke had he.
- A good jeweler should be able to tell a real stone from a phoney one.