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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 0151878307
      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"?