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 formsde·frau·da·tion [dee-fraw-dey-shuhn] /ˌdi frɔˈdeɪ ʃən/, de·fraud·ment, nounde·fraud·er, nounun·de·fraud·ed, adjective

Synonyms for defraud

bilk, swindle, fleece, rip off, gyp, rook, cheat. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of defrauded

Historical Examples of defrauded

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

  • 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



(tr) to take away or withhold money, rights, property, etc, from (a person) by fraud; cheat; swindle
Derived Formsdefraudation (ˌdiːfrɔːˈdeɪʃən) or defraudment, noundefrauder, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper