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This week’s language tip helps with other ways of saying false:
imitation made to look like something else, usually something more expensive:
artificial made to have the same features or do the same job as something else that exists naturally:
fake made to look like something valuable or important, often in a way that is meant to trick people:
fake jewellery or fur
forged made to look exactly like something valuable or important and used illegally to trick people:
a forged signature/passport/painting
counterfeit made to look exactly like something valuable or important and used illegally to trick people, especially illegally produced money:
counterfeit currency/traveller’s cheques
phoney (informal) used for describing behaviour and emotions that are not natural or sincere:
He didn’t fool anyone with that phoney Italian accent.
bogus (informal) false and used for tricking people or pretending to be somebody you are not:
a bogus repairman, bogus auto parts
pirate used for describing copies of things such as books or videos that have been made and sold illegally:
They were caught selling pirate copies of the album.
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