Dictionary Meaning and Definition on '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 \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
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.
Churches seem injured and defrauded of their rights.
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.[See more about Defraud at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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