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fraud

[frawd] /frɔd/
noun
1.
deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage.
2.
a particular instance of such deceit or trickery:
mail fraud; election frauds.
3.
any deception, trickery, or humbug:
That diet book is a fraud and a waste of time.
4.
a person who makes deceitful pretenses; sham; poseur.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English fraude < Old French < Medieval Latin fraud- (stem of fraus) deceit, injury
Related forms
fraudful, adjective
fraudfully, adverb
antifraud, adjective
prefraud, noun
Synonyms
1. See deceit. 3. wile, hoax.
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Examples for fraud
  • Surely if he's marketing his rubbish with false claims of medical efficacy he's committing fraud.
  • It depicts a flawed character who seems all the more brave and humane for his ambition and insecurity, virtue and fraud.
  • They manage it at every level-collecting premiums, writing claim checks, and guarding against fraud.
  • It is a sea term, and means the commission of a fraud on the owners or insurers of a ship by the captain or the crew.
  • fraud, deceit, or malice had not then meddled themselves with plainness and truth.
  • In particular, there was fraud and cozenage in the law, injustice and oppression.
  • For a hundred years that has been an almost unbroken record of fraud and peculation.
  • And their promises they perform faithfully without any fraud or deceit.
  • He's charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of bank fraud.
  • fraud, fakery, or larceny is what ordinary people would call it.
British Dictionary definitions for fraud

fraud

/frɔːd/
noun
1.
deliberate deception, trickery, or cheating intended to gain an advantage
2.
an act or instance of such deception
3.
something false or spurious his explanation was a fraud
4.
(informal) a person who acts in a false or deceitful way
Word Origin
C14: from Old French fraude, from Latin fraus deception
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Word Origin and History for fraud
fraud
"criminal deception," mid-14c., from O.Fr. fraude, from L. fraudem (nom. fraus) "deceit, injury." The noun meaning "impostor, humbug" is attested from 1850. Pious fraud "deception practiced for the sake of what is deemed a good purpose" is from 1560s.
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