Definition of fraud in English:



  • 1Wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.

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