Definition of Fraud

1. Noun. Intentional deception resulting in injury to another person.

2. Noun. A person who makes deceitful pretenses.
Exact synonyms: Fake, Faker, Imposter, Impostor, Pretender, Pseud, Pseudo, Role Player, Sham, Shammer
Generic synonyms: Beguiler, Cheat, Cheater, Deceiver, Slicker, Trickster
Specialized synonyms: Name Dropper, Ringer
Derivative terms: Fake, Fake, Fake, Fake, Fake, Pretend, Pretend, Sham, Sham, Sham, Sham

3. Noun. Something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage.
Exact synonyms: Dupery, Fraudulence, Hoax, Humbug, Put-on
Generic synonyms: Chicane, Chicanery, Guile, Shenanigan, Trickery, Wile
Specialized synonyms: Goldbrick
Derivative terms: Dupe, Fraudulent, Hoax, Humbug, Put On

Definition of Fraud

1. n. Deception deliberately practiced with a view to gaining an unlawful or unfair advantage; artifice by which the right or interest of another is injured; injurious stratagem; deceit; trick.

Definition of Fraud

1. Noun. Any act of deception carried out for the purpose of unfair, undeserved and/or unlawful gain. ¹

2. Noun. The assumption of a false identity to such deceptive end. ¹

3. Noun. A person who performs any such trick. ¹

4. Verb. (obsolete) To defraud ¹

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Definition of Fraud

1. trickery [n -S] - See also: trickery

Medical Definition of Fraud

1. Exploitation through misrepresentation of the facts or concealment of the purposes of the exploiter. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fraud

fraud (current term)
fraud in fact
fraud in law
fraud in the factum
fraud in the inducement

Literary usage of Fraud

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1904)
"Even if there were fraud, bringing an action in equity on contract, express or implied, for equitable relief, waives the fraud and results in a simple ..."

2. Principles of the Law of Contract: With a Chapter on the Law of Agency by William Reynell Anson, Arthur Linton Corbin (1919)
"Meaning of fraud: essential features. fraud is an actionable wrong. ... fraud which gives rise to the action of deceit is a very different thing from the ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"All of this Is consistent with the theory of constructive fraud. ... In the absence of an adjudication of actual fraud, the principle or theory of the ..."

4. Commentaries on the Laws of England by Herbert Broom, Edward Alfred Hadley, William Wait, William Blackstone (1875)
"fraud, where indictable, is such as directly affects, or is calculated to affect, ... A fraud by a government official upon the revenue of the characterised ..."

5. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1918)
"obtained by grant from the united States by means of fraud perpetrated In ... The action was brought to set aside a con- j veyance on the ground of fraud. ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Contracts, therefore, induced by the fraud of one of the parties, ... If the fraud was committed by a third person without the connivance of the other party ..."

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