If you painted a copy of the Mona Lisa and sold it to a museum, claiming it was the original, your painting could be called a forgery, and the crime you've committed is also forgery.

Forgery is a legal word describing a white-collar crime that could involve faking a famous painting, making a false passport that claims you're the King of Swaziland, or copying your boss's signature onto a document. Both the crime of forgery and the sense of forge that means "to make" or "to sculpt" come from the Latin root word fabricare, or "fabricate."

Definitions of forgery

n criminal falsification by making or altering an instrument with intent to defraud

Type of:
falsehood, falsification
the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense
(criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

n a copy that is represented as the original

Type of:
something copied or derived from an original

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