noun \ˈfrd\

: 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

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
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

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

Rhymes with FRAUD


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