- deliberate deception, trickery, or cheating intended to gain an advantage
- an act or instance of such deception
- informal a person who acts in a false or deceitful way
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- trickery carried out for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage:[uncountable]mail fraud.
- something that is not what it pretends:[countable]That charity is a fraud.
- [countable] a deceitful person;
- deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage.
- a particular instance of such deceit or trickery:mail fraud; election frauds.
- any deception, trickery, or humbug:That diet book is a fraud and a waste of time.
- a person who makes deceitful pretenses;
- Medieval Latin fraud- (stem of fraus) deceit, injury
- Old French
- Middle English fraude 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See deceit.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged wile, hoax.