Definition of fraud in English:

fraud

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Pronunciation: /frɔːd
 
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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
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

Origin

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

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