- 1Wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain: he was convicted of fraud [count noun]: prosecutions for social security fraudsMore example sentences
fraudulence, sharp practice, cheating, swindling, trickery, artifice, deceit, deception, double-dealing, duplicity, treachery, chicanery, skulduggery, imposture, embezzlementBritish • informal jiggery-pokeryNorth American • informal monkeyshines• archaic management, knaverydeception, trick, cheat, hoax, subterfuge, stratagem, wile, ruse, artifice, swindle, racketAustralian • informal rort
- 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.
- 1.1 [count noun] A person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities: mediums exposed as tricksters and fraudsMore example sentences
impostor, fake, sham, pretender, hoodwinker, masquerader, charlatan, quack, mountebank; swindler, fraudster, racketeer, cheat, cheater, double-dealer, trickster, confidence trickster• dated confidence manhoax, imitation, copy, dummy, mock-up; fake, forgery, counterfeit• informal phoney, dupe
- 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.
Middle English: from Old French fraude, from Latin fraus, fraud- 'deceit, injury'.