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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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British Dictionary definitions for frauds

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 frauds

fraud

n.

"criminal deception," early 14c., from Old French fraude "deception, fraud" (13c.), from Latin fraudem (nominative 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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