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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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  • 6 charged with conspiracy to defraud government
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Six people have been charged in a conspiracy to defraud the government in Jacksonville federal court. Federal prosecutors unsealed the indictment on Friday. Five of the arrests were made Tuesday; the sixth was made on Friday. Four of those named in the indictment ... Read more on this news related to 'Defraud'
  • No Evidence RBS Attempted To Defraud Customers Says Review
    RBS said a review it commissioned has cleared the bank of any allegations that it tried to defraud some of its customers. The bank commissioned the review last November in reponse to claims by Lawrence Tomlinson, adviser to business secretary Vince Cable, that it pushed businesses into default after moving them into its Global Restructuring Group which charged hi Read more on this news related to 'Defraud'
  • RBS review finds no evidence of fraud in UK business lending
    By Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland said on Thursday that an independent review by law firm Clifford Chance had found no evidence that it set out to defraud its business customers. "I welcome the Clifford Chance findings, which show no evidence of the serious and damaging allegation that we had set out to deliberately defraud our busine Read more on this news related to 'Defraud'

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