Definition of fraud in English:

fraud

Syllabification: fraud
Pronunciation: /frôd
 
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noun

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.
Synonyms
fraudulence, cheating, swindling, embezzlement, deceit, deception, double-dealing, chicanery, sharp practice; pharmingswindle, 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Derivatives

fraudster

noun
More 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.

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