from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain.
- n. A piece of trickery; a trick.
- n. One that defrauds; a cheat.
- n. One who assumes a false pose; an impostor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any act of deception carried out for the purpose of unfair, undeserved and/or unlawful gain.
- n. The assumption of a false identity to such deceptive end.
- n. A person who performs any such trick.
- v. To defraud
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- n. An intentional perversion of truth for the purpose of obtaining some valuable thing or promise from another.
- n. A trap or snare.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An act or course of deception deliberately practised with the view of gaining a wrong or unfair advantage; deceit; trick; an artifice by which the right or interest of another is injured.
- n. Specifically, in law, an artifice employed by one person for the purpose of deceiving another, to the prejudice of his right; the causing or making use of the error of another for the attainment of an illegal object.
- n. A position artfully contrived to work damage or prejudice; a snare.
- n. A deceiver; a cheat; a pretender; also, a fraudulent production; something intended to deceive.
- n. A person who talks piously, but is not pious at heart; a religious humbug.
- To cheat; defraud.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who makes deceitful pretenses
- n. intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
- n. something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
Middle English fraude, from Old French, from Latin fraus, fraud-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since 1345, from Old French fraude, from Latin fraus ("deceit, injury, offence"). (Wiktionary)