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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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  • Can the Major give me the $900 of which I have been defrauded, to help me to conduct my defence?

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • The people now believed that they should be defrauded of their victim.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • For more than six months the men had been defrauded of their pay.

  • She was not in that way to be defrauded of her entertainment.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • And thus, as I have said, our task is not to be defrauded of our interior peace.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
British Dictionary definitions for defrauded


(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 defrauded



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

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