defraud

[dih-frawd]
verb (used with object)
to deprive of a right, money, or property by fraud: Dishonest employees defrauded the firm of millions of dollars.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English defrauden < Old French defrauder < Latin dēfraudāre, equivalent to dē- de- + fraudāre to cheat; see fraud

defraudation [dee-fraw-dey-shuhn] , defraudment, noun
defrauder, noun
undefrauded, adjective


bilk, swindle, fleece, rip off, gyp, rook, cheat.
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defraud (dɪˈfrɔːd)
 
vb
(tr) to take away or withhold money, rights, property, etc, from (a person) by fraud; cheat; swindle
 
defraudation
 
n
 
de'fraudment
 
n
 
de'frauder
 
n

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defraud
mid-14c., from O.Fr. defrauder, from L. defraudare (see fraud). Prefix de- used here in the sense of "thoroughly."
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Example sentences
They are on trial charged with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to transfer
  criminal property.
It was not clear whether their hopes had been dashed by incompetence, or a
  conspiracy to defraud.
They might have been defrauded and still managed to defraud the end investor.
The practice may defraud shareholders, as well as altering the appropriate
  accounting and tax treatment of the option grants.
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