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.

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

Synonyms for fraudulent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for fraudulently

Contemporary Examples of fraudulently

Historical Examples of fraudulently

  • It is absurd to suppose they were fraudulently produced in this laboratory.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland

  • I have learned that I am not your brother at all, but that I was fraudulently put in that position.

    The Dash for Khartoum

    George Alfred Henty

  • Suppose that the man, instead of being dealt with fraudulently, is calumniated.

    The Data of Ethics

    Herbert Spencer

  • His accumulated earnings had been fraudulently appropriated.

    The Dreadnought of the Air

    Percy F. Westerman

  • Forty-seven cards had been fraudulently inserted among the others.

    The Count's Millions

    Emile Gaboriau

British Dictionary definitions for fraudulently


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

Word Origin for fraudulent

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



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

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