WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
fraud /frɔd/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. trickery carried out for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage:[uncountable]mail fraud.
  2. something that is not what it pretends:[countable]That charity is a fraud.
  3. [countable] a deceitful person;

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
fraud  (frôd),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage.
  2. a particular instance of such deceit or trickery:mail fraud; election frauds.
  3. any deception, trickery, or humbug:That diet book is a fraud and a waste of time.
  4. a person who makes deceitful pretenses;
fraudful, adj. 
fraudful•ly, adv. 
  • 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.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

fraud /frɔːd/ n
  1. deliberate deception, trickery, or cheating intended to gain an advantage
  2. an act or instance of such deception
  3. informal a person who acts in a false or deceitful way
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French fraude, from Latin fraus deception

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