- to deprive of a right, money, or property by fraud: Dishonest employees defrauded the firm of millions of dollars.
Origin of defraud
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bilk, swindle, fleece, rip off, gyp, rook, cheat.
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Examples from the Web for defraud
After all, if a broker defrauds sophisticated investors, it might also defraud unsophisticated investors.The SEC's Dangerous Gamble
April 20, 2010
To be frank, I seriously doubt if Madoff set out, with malice aforethought, to defraud anyone.Why Bernie Did It
December 22, 2008
To defraud, to cheat, to wrong, had at one time been most abhorrent to her nature.
Otherwise I should defraud the public and ruin my practice at the same time.The Education of Eric Lane
She received it as a tribute that was due, and of which none dared to defraud her.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
Therefore, Major Kent was quite ready to defraud Doyle if he could.General John Regan
George A. Birmingham
He should have justice, however, if they were trying to defraud him of his rights!'Firebrand' Trevison
Charles Alden Seltzer
- (tr) to take away or withhold money, rights, property, etc, from (a person) by fraud; cheat; swindle
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Word Origin and History for defraud
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