October 02, 2016
counterfeit (adjective)
\KOWN-ter-fit\ Hear it!
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, as answer A says, to the Latin root "facere," meaning "to make" or "to do," and made its way through Anglo-French before being picked up in English. And, as answer D explains, 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").
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