fraud·​u·​lence ˈfrȯ-jə-lən(t)s How to pronounce fraudulence (audio)
: the quality or state of being fraudulent

Examples of fraudulence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For several years, Smith has been grappling with the novel’s fraudulence. Lynn Steger Strong, The New Republic, 15 Sep. 2023 Weir gave art-house slickness to screenwriter Andrew Niccol’s ponderous attack on television’s fraudulence and mass-audience cretins. Armond White, National Review, 2 Aug. 2023 The former is propelled by the invention of a device that whitens Black people’s skin; in the latter, the protagonist wonders about the appearance of a new Black colleague, one whose obsequious manner suggests a deeper, more sinister fraudulence. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 More alarming, to a certain part of the public, Mr. Trump appears as one man doing his lying and fraudulence in the face of the lying and fraudulence of a near-monolithic establishment. WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 Regular contributor Simon Lazarus, a veteran lawyer in Washington, frequently exposes the fraudulence of the right’s constitutional interpretations and claims. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 5 June 2023 But the bag’s fraudulence was undetectable to human eyes. Amy X. Wang Grant Cornett, New York Times, 4 May 2023 The main objective was to make a form that couldn’t be scrutinized to death by the department: There would be no appeals to specific legal circumstances, and the complaint wouldn’t try to parse individual levels of fraudulence, nothing that could become a sticking point for broad cancellation. Ryann Liebenthal, The New Republic, 19 Apr. 2021 The truth is that via the use of your bank account information, all manner of unsavory fraudulence will be played out by the scammers. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fraudulence was in 1601

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“Fraudulence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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