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.
pious 'saintly, virtuous' + fraud (Wiktionary)