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[fraw-juh-luh nt] /ˈfrɔ dʒə lənt/
characterized by, involving, or proceeding from fraud, as actions, enterprise, methods, or gains:
a fraudulent scheme to evade taxes.
given to or using fraud, as a person; cheating; dishonest.
Origin of fraudulent
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin fraudulentus. See fraud, -ulent
Related forms
fraudulence, fraudulency, noun
fraudulently, adverb
nonfraudulence, noun
nonfraudulency, noun
nonfraudulent, adjective
nonfraudulently, adverb
unfraudulent, adjective
unfraudulently, adverb
1, 2. deceitful, deceptive, crooked, underhanded. Unabridged
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  • In his heart of hearts, he did believe that that codicil had been fraudulently manufactured by his friend and client, Lady Mason.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • Suppose that the man, instead of being dealt with fraudulently, is calumniated.

    The Data of Ethics Herbert Spencer
  • When it does come, the encomenderos, Page 274who have fraudulently remained at leisure in Manila, will get it.

  • His accumulated earnings had been fraudulently appropriated.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • It is absurd to suppose they were fraudulently produced in this laboratory.

    The Shadow World Hamlin Garland
  • Forty-seven cards had been fraudulently inserted among the others.

    The Count's Millions Emile Gaboriau
  • If she were not fraudulently producing it, then it must be that some window had been opened.

  • Teach them that to do right is better than to fraudulently turn a jack from the bottom of the pack.

    Cordwood Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
British Dictionary definitions for fraudulently


acting with or having the intent to deceive
relating to or proceeding from fraud or dishonest action
Derived Forms
fraudulence, fraudulency, noun
fraudulently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin fraudulentus deceitful
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fraudulently



early 15c., from Middle French fraudulent, from Latin fraudulentus "cheating, deceitful," from fraus (see fraud). Related: Fraudulently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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