fraud

noun
\ ˈfrȯd How to pronounce fraud (audio) \

Definition of fraud

1a : deceit, trickery specifically : intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right was accused of credit card fraud
b : an act of deceiving or misrepresenting : trick automobile insurance frauds
2a : a person who is not what he or she pretends to be : impostor He claimed to be a licensed psychologist, but he turned out to be a fraud. also : one who defrauds : cheat
b : one that is not what it seems or is represented to be The UFO picture was proved to be a fraud.

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Synonyms for fraud

Synonyms

bunco (or bunko), con, fiddle [chiefly British], flimflam, gyp, hustle, scam, shell game, sting, swindle

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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

Examples of fraud in a Sentence

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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Dennis Boyle, Bennett's defense attorney at trial, tried to depict Bennett as a fraud victim herself. baltimoresun.com, "Maryland man gets 30 months in prison for $20M Ponzi scheme; accomplice tried to ward off feds with ‘hoodoo’," 3 Sep. 2019 But there are some times, quite honestly, when companies say: ’This fraud is not a ton of money. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The Extortion Economy: How Insurance Companies Are Fueling a Rise in Ransomware Attacks," 27 Aug. 2019 Yet as in the previous cycle of protests against election fraud, the current wave is probably limited by its social base. The Christian Science Monitor, "Encircling the interrupters with civility," 23 Aug. 2019 In 2015, Trotter and his colleague Mike Kelly charged an alleged Black Axe bookkeeper with fraud. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 In 2007, the Department of Justice brought a civil forfeiture action against the estate of the founder of Enron Corporation, CEO Kenneth Lay, who died of a heart attack while facing charges of engineering a massive fraud. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's What Could Happen to Jeffrey Epstein's Fortune Now," 19 Aug. 2019 Vance McDonald is overpriced for me based on his career path and injury risk while Darren Waller will prove to be a fraud. Shawn Childs, SI.com, "Fantasy Football: 14-Team Mock Draft; Christian McCaffrey First Pick," 18 Aug. 2019 After these discoveries, Miller was hit with 20 counts of financial and customs fraud. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Why Did ‘Dance Moms’ Star Abby Lee Miller Go To Prison? Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2019 Hakop Zakaryan, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and faces up to 30 years in prison for his participation in the scheme. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Former Glendale bank manager admits to aiding money laundering scam," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fraud

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fraud

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

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fraud

noun

English Language Learners 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

fraud

noun
\ ˈfrȯd How to pronounce fraud (audio) \

Kids Definition of fraud

1 : trickery, deceit They got the money by fraud.
2 : an act of deceiving : trick Investigators uncovered the fraud.
3 : a person who pretends to be what he or she is not You're not Santa Claus—you're a fraud.

fraud

noun

Legal Definition of fraud

1a : any act, expression, omission, or concealment calculated to deceive another to his or her disadvantage specifically : a misrepresentation or concealment with reference to some fact material to a transaction that is made with knowledge of its falsity or in reckless disregard of its truth or falsity and with the intent to deceive another and that is reasonably relied on by the other who is injured thereby
b : the affirmative defense of having acted in response to a fraud
2 : the crime or tort of committing fraud convicted of securities fraud — see also misrepresentation

Note: A tort action based on fraud is also referred to as an action of deceit.

actual fraud
: fraud committed with the actual intent to deceive and thereby injure another

called also fraud in fact

— compare constructive fraud in this entry
collateral fraud
: extrinsic fraud in this entry
constructive fraud
: conduct that is considered fraud under the law despite the absence of an intent to deceive because it has the same consequences as an actual fraud would have and it is against public interests (as because of the violation of a public or private trust or confidence, the breach of a fiduciary duty, or the use of undue influence)

called also legal fraud

— compare actual fraud in this entry
equitable fraud
: constructive fraud in this entry used especially in New Jersey
extrinsic fraud
: fraud (as that involved in making a false offer of compromise) that induces one not to present a case in court or deprives one of the opportunity to be heard also : fraud that is not involved in the actual issues presented to a court and that prevents a full and fair hearing

called also collateral fraud

— compare intrinsic fraud in this entry
fraud in fact
: actual fraud in this entry
fraud in law
: fraud that is presumed to have occurred in light of the circumstances irrespective of intent to deceive
fraud in the factum
: fraud in which the deception causes the other party to misunderstand the nature of the transaction in which he or she is engaging especially with regard to the contents of an instrument (as a contract or promissory note)

called also fraud in the execution

— compare fraud in the inducement in this entry
fraud in the inducement
: fraud in which the deception leads the other party to engage in a transaction the nature of which he or she understands — compare fraud in the factum in this entry
fraud on the court
: fraud involving conduct that undermines the integrity of the judicial process (as by improperly influencing a judge, jury, or other court personnel) also : extrinsic fraud in this entry
identity fraud
: the unauthorized use of another's means of identification (as name or social security number) to commit fraud
intrinsic fraud
: fraud (as by the use of false or forged documents, false claims, or perjured testimony) that deceives the trier of fact and results in a judgment in favor of the party perpetrating the fraud — compare extrinsic fraud in this entry
legal fraud
1 : constructive fraud in this entry
2 : actual fraud in this entry used especially in New Jersey
mail fraud
: fraud committed by use of the postal service especially as described in title 18 section 1341 of the U.S. Code
wire fraud
: fraud committed by using a means of electronic communication (as a telephone) — see also Wire Fraud Act

History and Etymology for fraud

Latin fraud-, fraus

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