- n. An act of innocent deceit, technically using the methods of a fraudster but for an honest, honorable purpose
- n. A person involved in such a fraud.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Ch. Hist.) a fraud contrived and executed to benefit the church or accomplish some good end, upon the theory that the end justified the means.
- pious 'saintly, virtuous' + fraud (Wiktionary)
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