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  1. deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage.
  2. a particular instance of such deceit or trickery: mail fraud; election frauds.
  3. any deception, trickery, or humbug: That diet book is a fraud and a waste of time.
  4. a person who makes deceitful pretenses; sham; poseur.
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Origin of fraud

1300–50; Middle English fraude < Old French < Medieval Latin fraud- (stem of fraus) deceit, injury
Related formsfraud·ful, adjectivefraud·ful·ly, adverban·ti·fraud, adjectivepre·fraud, noun

Synonyms for fraud

3. wile, hoax.

Synonym study

1. See duplicity.
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British Dictionary definitions for antifraud


  1. deliberate deception, trickery, or cheating intended to gain an advantage
  2. an act or instance of such deception
  3. something false or spurioushis explanation was a fraud
  4. informal a person who acts in a false or deceitful way
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Word Origin for fraud

C14: from Old French fraude, from Latin fraus deception
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Word Origin and History for antifraud



"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.

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