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Counterfeit, that which is made in imitation of something, 1) a likeness, portrait: “the poor c. of her complaining,” Lucr. 1269. “much liker than your painted c.” Sonn. 16, 8. “describe Adonis, and the c. is poorly imitated after you,” 53, 5. “fair Portia's c.” Merch. III, 2, 115. “thou drawest a c. best in all Athens,” Tim. V, 1, 83. “this downy sleep, death's c.” Mcb. II, 3, 81.
2) simulation, feigning: “there was never c. of passion came so near the life of passion,” Ado II, 3, 110. “this was not c.” As IV, 3, 170. As IV, 3, 170 “you gave us the c. fairly last night? what c. did I give you? the slip,” Rom. II, 4, 48. “two or three groan: these may be --s,” Oth. V, 1, 43.
3) deceitful imitation: “I fear thou art another c.” H4A V, 4, 35. “I am no c.; to die, is to be a c., for he is but the c. of a man who hath not the life of a man,” V, 4, 116. V, 4, 116 “this is the king's ring; 'tis no c.” H8 V, 3, 102.
4) false coin: “seem you that you are not? Haply I do. So do --s,” Gentl. II, 4, 12. “never call a true piece of gold a c.” H4A II, 4, 540. Figuratively: “thou c. to thy true friend!” Gentl. V, 4, 53. “you c., you puppet,” Mids. III, 2, 288. “his own judgements, wherein so curiously he had set this c.” All's IV, 3, 39. “a c. resembling majesty, which, being touched and tried, proves valueless,” John III, 1, 99. “remembered a gilt c.” Troil. II, 3, 28. “some coiner made me a c.” Cymb. II, 5, 6.
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