Definition of fraud in English:

fraud

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain:

    ‘he was convicted of fraud’
    [count noun] ‘prosecutions for social security frauds’
    • ‘Both men face seven counts of fraud and tax evasion and could face 10 years in jail if convicted.’
    • ‘The firm collapsed as a result of the biggest securities fraud in the history of the state.’
    • ‘According to Trading Standards, the scheme is nothing more than criminal fraud.’
    • ‘Five staff face charges of criminal insider trading as well as civil fraud.’
    • ‘The boy was arrested on fraud and deception charges and bailed until April.’
    • ‘The government says biometric cards are necessary to combat fraud and terrorism.’
    • ‘He is regularly instructed to defend or prosecute in murder, fraud and other serious crime.’
    • ‘In the letter they warn that any attempt at ballot fraud will result in prosecution.’
    • ‘Fortunately, all of this is incompetence rather than identity theft or some other fraud.’
    • ‘No customer will suffer any loss as a result of fraud through no fault of their own.’
    • ‘Violent crime, theft and fraud are down, while criminal damage is comparatively low.’
    • ‘Electronic payment fraud has also become a serious issue for financial institutions.’
    • ‘He was later sacked for gross misconduct on the grounds of deception and fraud.’
    • ‘This was a fairly seminal case in the evolution of fraud in the criminal law in this country.’
    • ‘It is a good idea to check with your existing bank as to who would be liable should fraud ever be perpetrated.’
    • ‘Prosecutors also dropped wire fraud and computer fraud charges in the agreement.’
    • ‘This week we're looking at the consequences of fraud and financial mismanagement.’
    • ‘The thumbprints would be held by stores and used to track criminals if a complaint of fraud is made.’
    • ‘You can help stamp out the ID fraud by taking care of all your financial and personal information.’
    • ‘It works for companies, lawyers and banks investigating anything from fraud to theft.’
    fraudulence, sharp practice, cheating, swindling, trickery, artifice, deceit, deception, double-dealing, duplicity, treachery, chicanery, skulduggery, imposture, embezzlement
    deception, trick, cheat, hoax, subterfuge, stratagem, wile, ruse, artifice, swindle, racket
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    1. 1.1[count noun] A person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities:
      ‘mediums exposed as tricksters and frauds’
      • ‘What I'm talking about are serial losers and bamboozlers, serial frauds and fakes, serial blusterers and blowhards.’
      • ‘Some are also famous in sceptical circles: the Davenports for claiming to be spirit mediums, and Houdini for busting frauds.’
      • ‘What politician is going to call what the public perceives to be a well-meaning group of tragedy-stricken widows a gang of frauds and liars?’
      • ‘Not a few are able to live as frauds and hucksters who pad their resumes with myriad non-existent accomplishments and credentials.’
      • ‘We have these frauds, these psychologists, who know nothing more than you or I, telling us what's best for our children.’
      • ‘We will tell you we are frauds and they will pretend that they are not.’
      • ‘Otherwise all future columns will be printed without edit, thereby exposing us for the undereducated, overpaid frauds that we are.’
      • ‘As the writer points out, peer review is good for picking out problems with methodology - but true frauds just fake the data.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the girls with no previous experience manage to blend in with the seasoned professionals without anyone pointing them out and calling them frauds.’
      • ‘Thanks again for trying to get these frauds to prove and justify their ridiculous claims.’
      • ‘There are an astounding number of plain frauds and charlatans (to phrase it at its highest) in charge of the propaganda of the other side.’
      • ‘He withdrew from producing more of his own work, because he perceived that so people who are claiming to build on his work are frauds.’
      • ‘Actually, much of the licensing and regulation is aimed at protecting the public from frauds and quacks.’
      • ‘If we do not expose him for a fraud and a charlatan we give him credibility.’
      • ‘She is a black woman in a world of mostly white men; a 60-year-old workaholic who abides neither fools nor frauds.’
      • ‘It wouldn't be wise just to assume that judges are unerring oracles of law, but to leap to the opposite conclusion and decide they are frauds is even more foolish.’
      • ‘That's a mighty weak basis on which to call us frauds, liars, and smear merchants.’
      • ‘There are quite enough liars and careerist frauds in academia as it is.’
      impostor, fake, sham, pretender, hoodwinker, masquerader, charlatan, quack, mountebank
      sham, hoax, imitation, copy, dummy, mock-up
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French fraude, from Latin fraus, fraud- deceit, injury.

Pronunciation

fraud

/frɔːd/