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defraud

[dih-frawd] /dɪˈfrɔd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to deprive of a right, money, or property by fraud:
Dishonest employees defrauded the firm of millions of dollars.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English defrauden < Old French defrauder < Latin dēfraudāre, equivalent to dē- de- + fraudāre to cheat; see fraud
Related forms
defraudation
[dee-fraw-dey-shuh n] /ˌdi frɔˈdeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
defraudment, noun
defrauder, noun
undefrauded, adjective
Synonyms
bilk, swindle, fleece, rip off, gyp, rook, cheat.
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Examples for defrauded
  • Eventually, the defrauded made the appropriate inquiry.
  • Thus, the government has probably received billions of dollars in tax revenue from defrauded investors.
  • The state says the lender defrauded borrowers by selling mortgages that soon went into foreclosure.
  • Specific details on how, why, and when you believe you were defrauded.
  • Specific details on how, why, and when they were defrauded.
British Dictionary definitions for defrauded

defraud

/dɪˈfrɔːd/
verb
1.
(transitive) to take away or withhold money, rights, property, etc, from (a person) by fraud; cheat; swindle
Derived Forms
defraudation (ˌdiːfrɔːˈdeɪʃən), defraudment, noun
defrauder, noun
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Word Origin and History for defrauded
defraud
mid-14c., from O.Fr. defrauder, from L. defraudare (see fraud). Prefix de- used here in the sense of "thoroughly."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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