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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.

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

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3. wile, hoax.

Synonym study

1. See duplicity. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for fraud

Contemporary Examples of fraud

Historical Examples of fraud

  • "Then I can only say that Captain Rushton was a party to the fraud," he said.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • "I'll venture insurance is at the bottom of this fraud, Caradoc," hazarded Madden.

  • When it is complicated by fraud or other crimes, it is the latter only which are concerned.

  • You mean it for the best; but I could not be party to a fraud.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • How was it you did not detect the fraud, if only by the voice?

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

British Dictionary definitions for fraud


  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

Word Origin for fraud

C14: from Old French fraude, from Latin fraus deception
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper