Definition of


  1. (noun, act) intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
  2. (noun, person) a person who makes deceitful pretenses
  3. (noun, act) something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Fraud

  1. "criminal deception," 1345, from O.Fr. fraude, from L. fraudem (nom. fraus) "deceit, injury." The noun meaning "impostor, humbug" is attested from 1850. Pious fraud "deception practiced for the sake of what is deemed a good purpose" is from 1563. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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