Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a fraud contrived and executed to benefit the church or accomplish some good end, upon the theory that the end justified the means.

Etymologies

pious 'saintly, virtuous' + fraud (Wiktionary)

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