Defining Forgery

Forgery has been defined in many different of ways. The definition which I find most useful and appropriate is “something created to deceive forever”. It differs from hoax in that hoax is “something created to deceive temporarily”.

Etymonline reports the etymology of forgery as “1570s, “a thing made fraudulently,” from forge (v.) + -ery. Meaning “act of counterfeiting” is 1590s. The literal sense of the verb tended to go with forging (late 14c. as “act of working on a forge,” 1858 as “piece of work made on a forge”).”[1]

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[1] – Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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