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Definition of fraudulence

: the quality or state of being fraudulent

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Recent Examples on the Web Violence is man’s response to the fraudulence of his power and the limits of his knowledge. Lauren Markham, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 The hope, perhaps, is that thousands or millions of Q believers will now accept the fraudulence of their bizarre fantasy. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 20 Jan. 2021 Only in the 1990s did revisionist scholarship reveal this portrait to be tendentious almost to the point of fraudulence. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Review of Books, 5 Jan. 2021 Seen again on the small screen, the film looks a little seedier, and the precise balance that the actor found between fraudulence and bonhomie—truth or dare, so to speak—is lost. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 24 Dec. 2020 In sum, the Trump campaign’s fraud allegation is more theoretically aimed at the system of voting than concretely aimed at demonstrating the fraudulence of any particular ballot. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 9 Nov. 2020 The pandemic has laid bare the fraudulence of so many things. Joseph Goodman |, al, 10 Aug. 2020 Within the space of a chapter, Adam’s alertness to fraud will come to seem a corollary of his own prodigious fraudulence. New York Times, 3 Oct. 2019 Or is West simply latching onto that durable, centuries-long tradition of laundering human fraudulence through Jesus Christ? Chris Richards, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of fraudulence

1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Fraudulence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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