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Defraud Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    defraud v : deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change" [syn: victimize, swindle, rook, goldbrick, nobble, diddle, bunco, scam, mulct, gyp, con]
Defraud Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Defraud \De*fraud"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defrauded; p. pr. & vb. n. Defrauding.] [L. defraudare; de- + fraudare to cheat, fr. fraus, fraudis, fraud: cf. OF. defrauder. See Fraud.] To deprive of some right, interest, or property, by a deceitful device; to withhold from wrongfully; to injure by embezzlement; to cheat; to overreach; as, to defraud a servant, or a creditor, or the state; -- with of before the thing taken or withheld. We have defrauded no man. --2 Cor. vii. 2. Churches seem injured and defrauded of their rights. --Hooker.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Defraud'


According to the Collins English Dictionary 10th Edition fraud can be defined as: "deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage". In the broadest sense, a fraud is an intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual; the related adjective is fraudulent. The specific legal definition varies by legal jurisdiction. Fraud is a crime, and also a civil law violation. Defrauding people or entities of money or valuables is a common purpose of fraud, but there have also been fraudulent "discoveries", e.g. in science, to gain prestige rather than immediate monetary gain.

A hoax also involves deception, but without the intention of gain, or of damaging or depriving the victim; the intention is often humorous.

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* For Scripture is the school of the Holy Spirit, in which, as nothing is omitted that is both necessary and useful to know, so nothing is taught but what is expedient to know. Therefore we must guard against depriving believers of anything disclosed about predestination in Scripture, lest we seem either wickedly to defraud them of the blessing of their God or to accuse and scoff at the Holy Spirit for having published what it is in any way profitable to suppress. - John Calvin


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  • Two Ivorians arrested for fraud
    Two Ivorian nationals have found themselves in police grip for allegedly attempting to defraud a Ghanaian businesswoman of Ghc5,000. Read more on this news related to 'Defraud'
  • Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Hope Lefeber Discusses Recent Supreme Court Case Regarding Federal Bank Fraud And ...
    The U.S. Supreme Court, in Loughrin v. U.S., 573 U.S. __ (2014) held that specific intent to defraud a financial institution is not a prerequisite to a conviction under 18 U.S.C. Section 1344. Ms. Lefeber explains the case. (PRWeb July 08, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb11996353.htm Read more on this news related to 'Defraud'
  • Man accused of enslaving woman to be sentenced
    FILE - This undated file photo released by the Ashland County Sheriff's Office shows Jordie L. Callahan. A jury there found Callahan guilty of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and a drug charge in March. Read more on this news related to 'Defraud'

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