fraud·​u·​lence | \ ˈfrȯ-jə-lən(t)s How to pronounce fraudulence (audio) \

Definition of fraudulence

: the quality or state of being fraudulent

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Imposter Syndrome stems from a chronic sense of self-doubt and sense of intellectual fraudulence despite evidence and track records of success. Kara Stevens, Essence, "Black Women’s Pay Day Is Today. Be Mad And Get Money, Sis," 22 Aug. 2019 Now that a trumpeting fraudulence has become one of the modes of power, and the mega-real has colonized reality? James Parker, The Atlantic, "The Spectacular P. T. Barnum," 19 July 2019 And that brings us back to the fraudulence of public salutes to King. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Face it, you just may not believe in Martin Luther King Jr. | The Sacramento Bee," 4 Apr. 2018 Gruden formulated this theory about purpose and fraudulence and death., "In Oakland, Jon Gruden Is Ready to Grind," 19 Feb. 2018 This is what the dark and lamentable catalogue of Trump-Republican wrongdoing has shriveled down to: cherry picking among the allegations that could be made to reveal the fraudulence of the whole nonsensical Russian-collusion business. Conrad Black, National Review, "The Prosecution Is Weakening," 6 Feb. 2018 One of the ghosts from his past turns out to be real — an eye-patched, trench-coated fellow soldier seeking revenge for Bastrop’s cowardice — and Bastrop must escape harm and then confront his own trauma and fraudulence. New York Times, "A Novel of 1918 New Orleans, With Murder and All That Jazz," 17 Jan. 2018 Legendary artist Jimmie Durham, long famed for his anti-colonialist stance and wry take on Native American identity, sustained claims of fraudulence against his own Cherokee ancestry. Lori Waxman,, "The year in visual art was a dizzying reflection of today," 14 Dec. 2017 To expose the fraudulence of Mumler’s work, Barnum arrived in court with an image made by another photographer that showed Abraham Lincoln’s ghost standing behind him. Louis P. Masur, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Apparitionists,’ by Peter Manseau," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of fraudulence

1601, in the meaning defined above

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