Definition of fraud in English:

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fraud

Pronunciation: /frɔːd/

noun

[mass noun]
1Wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain: he was convicted of fraud [count noun]: prosecutions for social security frauds
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
fraudulence, sharp practice, cheating, swindling, trickery, artifice, deceit, deception, double-dealing, duplicity, treachery, chicanery, skulduggery, imposture, embezzlement
informal monkey business, funny business, crookedness, hanky-panky, shenanigans, flimflam
British informal jiggery-pokery
North American informal monkeyshines
archaic management, knavery
deception, trick, cheat, hoax, subterfuge, stratagem, wile, ruse, artifice, swindle, racket
informal scam, con, con trick, rip-off, leg-pull, sting, gyp, kite, diddle, fiddle, swizzle
North American informal bunco, boondoggle, hustle, grift
Australian informal rort
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 frauds
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
impostor, fake, sham, pretender, hoodwinker, masquerader, charlatan, quack, mountebank;
swindler, fraudster, racketeer, cheat, cheater, double-dealer, trickster, confidence trickster
informal phoney, conman, con artist
dated confidence man
sham, hoax, imitation, copy, dummy, mock-up;
fake, forgery, counterfeit
informal phoney, dupe

Origin

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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