Definition of fraud
- automobile insurance frauds
He was found guilty of bank fraud.
He was the victim of an elaborate fraud.
He claimed he was a licensed psychologist, but he turned out to be a fraud.
The UFO picture was proved to be a fraud.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
artifice, cheating, cozenage, craft, craftiness, crookedness, crookery, cunning, cunningness, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, deceptiveness, dishonesty, dissembling, dissimulation, double-dealing, dupery, duplicity, fakery, foxiness, guile, guilefulness, wiliness;
: 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
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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