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genuine fake



genuine fake (plural genuine fakes)

  1. An imitation of a (usually) valuable object that is so good that it is, to all intents and purposes, identical.
    • 1972. Take Today; the Executive as Dropout, By Marshall McLuhan, Barrington Nevitt. p.97 →ISBN
      If the experts are baffled by such artifacts, does it follow that the public is being cheated of its art experience when looking at a genuine fake such as a van Meegeren "Vermeer"?