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fraud

noun

  1. (crime)  intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
    Type of: crime
  2. (deceiver)  a person who makes deceitful pretenses
    Synonyms: fake, faker, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, pseudo, role player, sham, shammer,...
  3. (trickery)  something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
    Synonyms: dupery, fraudulence, hoax, humbug, put-on. Type of: trickery

Etymology summary

"criminal deception", from Old French fraude "deception, fraud" (13th century),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Fraud | fraudulent | defraud

intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual; the related adjective is fraudulent, and verb is defraud. Fraud is a crime and a civil law violation, though the specific criminal law definition varies by legal jurisdiction... (39 of 4002 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Fraud

Collins Dictionary:

fraud

deliberate deception, trickery, or cheating intended to gain an advantage | an act or instance of such deception | something false or spurious | ... (21 of 536 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fraud

Columbia Encyclopedia:

fraud

in law, willful misrepresentation intended to deprive another of some right. The offense, generally only a tort, may also constitute the crime of ... (23 of 284 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0819522​.html

Merriam-Webster:

fraud | trick [synonym, sense-specific] | deceit [synonym, sense-specific] | impostor [synonym, sense-specific] | cheat [synonym, sense-specific] | trickery [synonym, sense-specific] | bunco [synonym, sense-specific] | con [synonym, sense-specific] | fiddle [British, synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"deceit", "trickery" ; specifically, intentional perversion of truth in ... | a person who is not what he or she pretends to be; "impostor" ; also, ... (25 of 231 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fraud

Britannica Encyclopedia:

fraud [law]

in law, the deliberate misrepresentation of fact for the purpose of depriving someone of a valuable possession. Although fraud is sometimes a crime in ... (24 of 206 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/217591​/fraud

Macmillan British Dictionary:

fraud | frauds [plural]

[countable/uncountable] the crime of obtaining money from someone by tricking them ; [only before noun] relating to fraud | [uncountable] the action ... (21 of 105 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/fraud

Oxford Dictionary:

fraud

wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain | a person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by ... (22 of 89 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fraud

New World Dictionary:

fraud

deceit; trickery; cheating ; [law] intentional deception to cause a person to give up property or some lawful right | something said or done to ... (24 of 65 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fraud

Random House Dictionary:

fraud

deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage. | a particular ... (21 of 64 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/fraud

Wiktionary:

fraud | frauds [plural] | frauded [past tense] | frauding [present participle] | deceit [synonym, sense-specific] | trickery [synonym, sense-specific] | hoky-poky [synonym, sense-specific] | imposture [synonym, sense-specific] | faker [persons, synonym, sense-specific] | ...

Any act of deception carried out for the purpose of unfair, undeserved and/or unlawful gain. | The assumption of a false identity to such deceptive end. | A person who performs any such trick. | [obsolete] To defraud (35 of 62 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/fraud

American Heritage Dictionary:

fraud

A deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain. | A piece of trickery; a trick. | One that defrauds; a cheat. | One who ... (25 of 45 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fraud

Cambridge Dictionary:

fraud [entry 1]

the crime of getting money by deceiving people (8 of 32 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/fraud 1

fraud [entry 2]

someone or something that deceives people by saying that they are someone or something that they are not (18 of 37 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/fraud 2

Encarta Dictionary:

fraud | frauds [plural]

the crime of obtaining money or some other benefit by deliberate deception | somebody who deliberately deceives somebody else, usually for financial ... (21 of 70 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861613344​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

fraud

First use: early 14th century

Origin: "criminal deception", from Old French fraude "deception, fraud" (13th century), from Latin fraudem (nominative fraus) "deceit, ... (19 of 46 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=fraud

New World Dictionary:

fraud

Origin: Middle English fraude from Old French from Latin fraus (generally fraudis) from Indo-European base *dhwer-, to trick ... (17 of 22 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fraud

Wiktionary:

fraud | frauds [plural] | frauded [past tense] | frauding [present participle]

Origin: Recorded since 1345, from Old French fraude, from Latin fraus ("deceit, injury, offence").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/fraud

Oxford Dictionary:

fraud

Origin: Middle English: from Old French fraude, from Latin fraus, fraud- "deceit, injury"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fraud

Merriam-Webster:

fraud

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English fraude, from Anglo-French, from Latin fraud-, fraus

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fraud

Collins Dictionary:

fraud

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French fraude, from Latin fraus deception

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fraud

American Heritage Dictionary:

fraud

Origin: Middle English fraude, from Old French, from Latin fraus, fraud-.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fraud

Encarta Dictionary:

fraud | frauds [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French from Latin fraud- "cheating, fraud"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861613344​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

fraud

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fraud"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fraud

Macmillan British Dictionary:

fraud | frauds [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "fraud"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/fraud

Macmillan American Dictionary:

fraud | frauds [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fraud"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/fraud

Cambridge Dictionary:

fraud [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "fraud"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "fraud"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/fraud 2

the Free Dictionary:

fraud

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "fraud"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "fraud"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "fraud" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/fraud

Google Dictionary:

fraud | frauds [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "fraud"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

fraud

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fraud"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=fraud​001 word=fraud

YourDictionary Audio:

fraud

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fraud" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fraud

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