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[dih-frawd] /dɪˈfrɔd/
verb (used with object)
to deprive of a right, money, or property by fraud:
Dishonest employees defrauded the firm of millions of dollars.
Origin of defraud
1325-75; Middle English defrauden < Old French defrauder < Latin dēfraudāre, equivalent to dē- de- + fraudāre to cheat; see fraud
Related forms
[dee-fraw-dey-shuh n] /ˌdi frɔˈdeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
defraudment, noun
defrauder, noun
undefrauded, adjective
bilk, swindle, fleece, rip off, gyp, rook, cheat. Unabridged
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  • "Thou didst endeavour to defraud the State for purposes of thine own," interposed the praefect calmly.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Think about what the Bible says about those who defraud the widow and orphan.

    Valerie Frederick Marryat
  • Is it any fault of mine that Madame d'Argeles is a Chalusse, and that she wishes to defraud me of my fortune.

  • If I were going to defraud anyone, it wouldn't be a poor mechanic.

    Chester Rand Horatio Alger, Jr
  • Even Silas Deane, though he attempted to defraud, did not betray.

  • Otherwise I should defraud the public and ruin my practice at the same time.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • To defraud, to cheat, to wrong, had at one time been most abhorrent to her nature.

  • She received it as a tribute that was due, and of which none dared to defraud her.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for defraud


(transitive) to take away or withhold money, rights, property, etc, from (a person) by fraud; cheat; swindle
Derived Forms
defraudation (ˌdiːfrɔːˈdeɪʃən), defraudment, noun
defrauder, noun
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Word Origin and History for defraud

mid-14c., from Old French defrauder, from Latin defraudare "to defraud, cheat," from de- "thoroughly" (see de-) + fraudare (see fraud). Related: Defrauded; defrauding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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