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noun \ˈfrȯd\

Simple Definition of fraud

  • : the crime of using dishonest methods to take something valuable from another person

  • : a person who pretends to be what he or she is not in order to trick people

  • : a copy of something that is meant to look like the real thing in order to trick people

Full Definition of fraud

  1. 1 a :  deceit, trickery; specifically :  intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right b :  an act of deceiving or misrepresenting :  trick

  2. 2 a :  a person who is not what he or she pretends to be :  impostor; also :  one who defrauds :  cheat b :  one that is not what it seems or is represented to be

Examples of fraud

  1. He was found guilty of bank fraud.

  2. He was the victim of an elaborate fraud.

  3. He claimed he was a licensed psychologist, but he turned out to be a fraud.

  4. The UFO picture was proved to be a fraud.

Origin of fraud

Middle English fraude, from Anglo-French, from Latin fraud-, fraus

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of fraud

deception, fraud, double-dealing, subterfuge, trickery mean the acts or practices of one who deliberately deceives. deception may or may not imply blameworthiness, since it may suggest cheating or merely tactical resource <magicians are masters of deception>. fraud always implies guilt and often criminality in act or practice <indicted for fraud>. double-dealing suggests treachery or at least action contrary to a professed attitude <a go-between suspected of double-dealing>. subterfuge suggests the adoption of a stratagem or the telling of a lie in order to escape guilt or to gain an end <obtained the papers by subterfuge>. trickery implies ingenious acts intended to dupe or cheat <resorted to trickery to gain their ends>.

imposture, fraud, sham, fake, humbug, counterfeit mean a thing made to seem other than it is. imposture applies to any situation in which a spurious object or performance is passed off as genuine <their claim of environmental concern is an imposture>. fraud usually implies a deliberate perversion of the truth <the diary was exposed as a fraud>. sham applies to fraudulent imitation of a real thing or action <condemned the election as a sham>. fake implies an imitation of or substitution for the genuine but does not necessarily imply dishonesty <these jewels are fakes; the real ones are in the vault>. humbug suggests elaborate pretense usually so flagrant as to be transparent <creating publicity by foisting humbugs on a gullible public>. counterfeit applies especially to the close imitation of something valuable <20-dollar bills that were counterfeits>.

Rhymes with fraud

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noun \ˈfrȯd\

Definition of fraud

  1. 1 :  trickery, deceit <They got the money by fraud.>

  2. 2 :  an act of deceiving :  trick <Investigators uncovered the fraud.>

  3. 3 :  a person who pretends to be what he or she is not <You're not Santa Claus—you're a fraud.>

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