counterfeit (v.) Old form(s): counterfaits , counterfeit, counterfet, counterfets , counterfeyted
pretend, feign, make believe
1H4 V.iv.112[Falstaff alone] 'twas time to counterfeit, or that hot termagant Scot had paid me
1H4 V.iv.121[Falstaff alone, of dead Hotspur] How if he should counterfeit too and rise?
3H6 II.vi.65[Richard to all, of Clifford] 'Tis but his policy to counterfeit
AYL III.v.17[Phebe to Silvius] Now counterfeit to swoon, why now fall down
AYL IV.iii.167[Rosalind as Ganymede to Oliver] a body would think this was well counterfeit
AYL V.ii.25[Rosalind as Ganymede to Orlando] Did your brother tell you how I counterfeited to sound
CE II.ii.178[Adriana to Antipholus of Syracuse] How ill agrees it with your gravity / To counterfeit thus grossly with your slave
Luc.1776[of Collatine and Lucrece] He ... counterfeits to die with her a space
MA II.iii.104[Don Pedro to Claudio and Leonato, of Beatrice] May be she doth but counterfeit
MND III.ii.237[Helena to all] Persever, counterfeit sad looks
TN IV.ii.115[Feste to Malvolio] are you not mad indeed, or do you but counterfeit?
TN IV.ii.19[Sir Toby to Maria, of Feste as Sir Topas] The knave counterfeits well
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