Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of defrauding, or the state of being defrauded.
- n. In Spanish law, the offense of fraudulently avoiding payment of a public tax.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare The act of defrauding; a taking by fraud.
- From Latin defraudatio, from defraudo ("cheat", "defraud", "overreach") (Wiktionary)
“Another method of defraudation consisted in false accounts.”
“Absolutely inadequate values both in buying and selling commodities, use of false weights and measures, defraudation in accounts, demands of unspeakably high usury, wheedling by the _puának_ or friendship system, advancing of merchandise at exorbitant rates, especially just before the rice harvest, and the system of commutation by which an article not contracted for was accepted in payment though at a paltry price -- these were the main features of the system.”
“The traveller by land was strictly confined to the prescribed highway of travel, every deviation from which was regarded as a defraudation of the customs and was punished by confiscation of goods.”
“In a word, the defraudation of the appetites of sin weakens the whole body of sin and themselves also; as on the other side all satisfaction corroborates and inflames them.”
“Examples of such as were arraigned or tried for peculation, or defraudation of the commonwealth, were Marcus Curius for intercepting the money of the Samnites, Salinator for the unequal division of spoils to his soldiers, Marcus Posthumius for cheating the commonwealth by a feigned shipwreck.”
“For the latter part of the power of the prerogative, or that whereby they are the supreme judicatory of this nation, and of the provinces of the same, the cognizances of crimes against the majesty of the people, such as high treason, as also of peculation, that is, robbery of the treasury, or defraudation of the commonwealth, appertains to this tribe.”
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