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fraud Syllabification: fraud

Definition of fraud in English:


1Wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain: he was convicted of fraud prosecutions for social security frauds
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  • Prosecutors also dropped wire fraud and computer fraud charges in the agreement.
  • In the letter they warn that any attempt at ballot fraud will result in prosecution.
  • This was a fairly seminal case in the evolution of fraud in the criminal law in this country.
fraudulence, cheating, swindling, embezzlement, deceit, deception, double-dealing, chicanery, sharp practice;
swindle, racket, deception, trick, cheat, hoax
informal scam, con, rip-off, sting, gyp, fiddle, bunco, hustle, grift
1.1A person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities: mediums exposed as tricksters and frauds
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  • There are an astounding number of plain frauds and charlatans (to phrase it at its highest) in charge of the propaganda of the other side.
  • As the writer points out, peer review is good for picking out problems with methodology - but true frauds just fake the data.
  • We have these frauds, these psychologists, who know nothing more than you or I, telling us what's best for our children.
impostor, fake, sham, charlatan, quack, mountebank;
swindler, gonif, snake oil salesman, fraudster, racketeer, cheat, confidence trickster
informal phony, con man, con artist, scam artist


Pronunciation: /ˈfrôdstər/
Example sentences
  • Yes, there were many ironies in a career that veered from radical activism to free-market MP and now to convicted fraudster.
  • It comes less than a month after senior officers announced they had confiscated £100,000 from a North Yorkshire charity fraudster who targeted supermarket customers.
  • The 51-year-old fraudster, who in reality operated from a little office in Glasgow, assured them he could arrange bargain leases for vital medical equipment.


Middle English: from Old French fraude, from Latin fraus, fraud- 'deceit, injury'.

Words that rhyme with fraud

aboard, abroad, accord, afford, applaud, award, bawd, board, broad, chord, Claude, cord, ford, gaud, Gawd, hoard, horde, laud, lord, maraud, milord, sward, sword, toward, unawed, unexplored, unrestored, ward
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