- deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage.
- a particular instance of such deceit or trickery: mail fraud; election frauds.
- any deception, trickery, or humbug: That diet book is a fraud and a waste of time.
- a person who makes deceitful pretenses; sham; poseur.
Origin of fraud
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Examples from the Web for fraud
Mahoney helped author the I-STOP legislation based on data his office collected in regard to fraud.No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic
December 18, 2014
We are overwhelmed with data from every quarter, and our capacity to filter fact from fraud is limited.The Facts About Ferguson Matter, Dammit
December 3, 2014
Ortega has dismissed the allegations of autocracy and fraud that have afflicted his presidency as politically motivated.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
The charges included corruption, perjury, bid-fixing and fraud.Madonna, Carla Bruni & Obama Abandoned Pledges To Rebuild L'Aquila After The Quake
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 18, 2014
There is wide consensus among attorneys that adoptive parents can vacate an adoption if acts of fraud were committed.Couple Sues Over Russian ‘Bait-and-Switch’ Adoption of Disabled Kids
October 30, 2014
"Then I can only say that Captain Rushton was a party to the fraud," he said.Brave and Bold
"I'll venture insurance is at the bottom of this fraud, Caradoc," hazarded Madden.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
When it is complicated by fraud or other crimes, it is the latter only which are concerned.The Sexual Question
You mean it for the best; but I could not be party to a fraud.Cleo The Magnificent
How was it you did not detect the fraud, if only by the voice?A Nest of Spies
- deliberate deception, trickery, or cheating intended to gain an advantage
- an act or instance of such deception
- something false or spurioushis explanation was a fraud
- informal a person who acts in a false or deceitful way
Word Origin and History for fraud
"criminal deception," early 14c., from Old French fraude "deception, fraud" (13c.), from Latin fraudem (nominative fraus) "deceit, injury." The noun meaning "impostor, humbug" is attested from 1850. Pious fraud "deception practiced for the sake of what is deemed a good purpose" is from 1560s.