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    Dear all,

    Does anyone can tells the different between these words:

    counterfeit
    fake
    imitative
    simulate

    When I read local newspaper, I can find "counterfeit bank notes". I can also find "fake LV hangbags"

    Is it another word to describe something being copied and in mini size? e.g. a valuable antique ship/model?

    Thanks in advance

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    couterfeit
    ADJECTIVE: 1. Made in imitation of what is genuine with the intent to defraud: a counterfeit dollar bill. 2. Simulated; feigned: a counterfeit illness.
    NOUN: A fraudulent imitation or facsimile.
    bogus (also slang for bad)
    Counterfeit or fake; not genuine: bogus money; bogus tasks.
    pseudo
    False or counterfeit; fake.
    Often seen as a prefix: pseudonym, pseudoscience...

    phony
    1a. Not genuine or real; counterfeit: a phony credit card. b. False; spurious: a phony name. 2. Not honest or truthful; deceptive: a phony excuse. 3a. Insincere or hypocritical. b. Giving a false impression of truth or authenticity; specious.
    forgery (noun)
    1. The act of forging, especially the illegal production of something counterfeit. 2. Something counterfeit, forged, or fraudulent.
    fake
    NOUN: 1. One that is not authentic or genuine; a sham. 2. Sports A brief feint or aborted change of direction intended to mislead one's opponent or the opposing team.
    faux
    Artificial; fake: faux pearls.
    I associate "counterfeit" more with criminal deception, and "forgery" as well. You could also have knock-off, which might be criminal in terms of stealing a design (violating creative ownership rights) but which someone may buy with full knowledge that it is a fake and they just can't afford the real thing (not violating consumer rights). Artificial things are fake (man-made replications), but not illegal unless you lie and tell people they're the real thing when you sell them.

    Imitative comes from imitate:
    1. To use or follow as a model. 2a. To copy the actions, appearance, mannerisms, or speech of; mimic: amused friends by imitating the teachers. b. To copy or use the style of: brushwork that imitates Rembrandt. 3. To copy exactly; reproduce. 4. To appear like; resemble.
    The noun is imitation. Some people buy imitation fur because they don't like the idea of killing animals or imitation crab because it's cheaper than real crab or imitation vanilla because... well, I don't know why, but that's just what the store sells. It doesn't have the deceptive connotations that some of the other terms do, and as long as it's properly labeled, it's not illegal. Imitation money would sound more like the play money we give to children or use in a game like Monopoly.

    simulate (verb)
    1a. To have or take on the appearance, form, or sound of; imitate. b. To make in imitation of or as a substitute for. See synonyms at imitate. 2. To make a pretense of; feign: simulate interest. 3. To create a representation or model of (a physical system or particular situation, for example).
    A simulation is a bigger idea than a fake. It's not so much about deception as about recreating or projecting an imagined idea or environment. You simulate something because you want the feeling of the thing you can't have. It can be a whole situation as opposed to simply a product.

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