counterfeit (n.) Old form(s): counterfait , Counterfeyt
false imitation, spurious image
1H4 II.iv.477[Falstaff to Prince Hal] Never call a true piece of gold a counterfeit
1H4 V.iv.114[Falstaff alone] I am no counterfeit
AW IV.iii.33[First Lord to Second Lord, of dissecting Bertram's lady friend] that he might take a measure of his own judgements wherein so curiously he had set this counterfeit [i.e. given this false jewel such an elaborate setting]
Cym II.iv.158[Posthumus alone] Some coiner with his tools / Made me a counterfeit [i.e. illegitimate]
E3 III.iii.83[King Edward to King John] Be well assured the counterfeit will fade
H8 V.iii.102.2[Surrey to all, of King Henry's ring] 'Tis no counterfeit
KJ III.i.99[Constance to King Philip] You have beguiled me with a counterfeit / Resembling majesty
Mac II.iii.73[Macduff to all] Shake off this downy sleep, death's counterfeit, / And look on death itself! [or: sense 3]
RJ II.iv.44[Mercutio to Romeo] You gave us the counterfeit fairly last night [pun: 48]
TC II.iii.24[Thersites to Patroclus] If I could have remembered a gilt counterfeit, thou wouldst not have slipped out of my contemplation [i.e. a counterfeit coin]
TG V.iv.53.1[Silvia to Proteus] Thou counterfeit to thy true friend!
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