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fraudulent

[fraw-juh-luhnt]
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adjective
  1. characterized by, involving, or proceeding from fraud, as actions, enterprise, methods, or gains: a fraudulent scheme to evade taxes.
  2. given to or using fraud, as a person; cheating; dishonest.
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Origin of fraudulent

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word fraudulentus. See fraud, -ulent
Related formsfraud·u·lence, fraud·u·len·cy, nounfraud·u·lent·ly, adverbnon·fraud·u·lence, nounnon·fraud·u·len·cy, nounnon·fraud·u·lent, adjectivenon·fraud·u·lent·ly, adverbun·fraud·u·lent, adjectiveun·fraud·u·lent·ly, adverb

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Related Words for fraudulent

deceitful, crooked, dishonest, phony, forged, fake, counterfeit, sham, crafty, criminal, devious, dishonorable, double-dealing, duplicitous, mock, pseudo, spurious, treacherous, tricky

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Contemporary Examples of fraudulent

Historical Examples of fraudulent

  • Why does his lordship wish to find this—this—fraudulent person?

  • A fraudulent old baronet is running race-horses on the cross.

  • The agent and principal at a fraudulent sale shall be equally liable.

    Laws

    Plato

  • But who is going to be able to prove that it was fraudulent?

    The Masked Bridal

    Mrs. Georgie Sheldon

  • If there be psychic phenomena, there must be fraudulent psychic phenomena.


British Dictionary definitions for fraudulent

fraudulent

adjective
  1. acting with or having the intent to deceive
  2. relating to or proceeding from fraud or dishonest action
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Derived Formsfraudulence or fraudulency, nounfraudulently, adverb

Word Origin for fraudulent

C15: from Latin fraudulentus deceitful
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Word Origin and History for fraudulent

adj.

early 15c., from Middle French fraudulent, from Latin fraudulentus "cheating, deceitful," from fraus (see fraud). Related: Fraudulently.

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