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Definition of fraudulence

: the quality or state of being fraudulent

Examples of fraudulence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s 2016 novel by the Chilean director Sebastián Lelio is a quietly simmering story of religious fervor and fraudulence. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 19 Sep. 2022 But, throughout the book, Kang displays a certain paranoia about fraudulence, and voices his skepticism of the élite Asians who presume to share a bond with people unlike them. Marella Gayla, The New Yorker, 20 Oct. 2021 What the young Reinhold Niebuhr experienced as a sense of fraudulence was really more like an appropriate humility: the words of sermons matter, even if neither Pew nor the very people who deliver them can ever know precisely how. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2021 Yet the film hangs fire, and, while Jim shrivels into a small and whining figure, Tammy Faye swells into a grand American hybrid, both rapacious and devout, and so relentlessly sincere that any fussing over fraudulence is trampled underfoot. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 17 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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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 Oct. 2022.

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