from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To take something from by fraud; swindle: defrauded the immigrants by selling them worthless land deeds.

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  • v. To obtain money or property by fraud; to swindle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deprive of some right, interest, or property, by a deceitful device; to withhold from wrongfully; to injure by embezzlement; to cheat; to overreach; ; -- with of before the thing taken or withheld.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deprive of right, either by procuring something by deception or artifice, or by appropriating something wrongfully through breach of trust, or by withholding from another by indirection or device that which he has a right to claim or obtain; cheat; cozen: followed by of before the thing taken.
  • To defeat or frustrate wrongfully.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. deprive of by deceit


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English defrauden, from Old French defrauder, from Latin dēfraudāre : dē-, de- + fraudāre, to cheat (from fraus, fraud-, fraud).


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  • Also, since Sauron’s intent was to defraud from the outset, can he gain/profit from his illegal activities?

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  • Mark's quotation of the Decalogue is unusual inasmuch as it refers to a commandment not to defraud, which is interesting.

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  • Thou shalt not defraud, that is, deceive or beguile.

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  • "The charge I felt they had proven was scheme to defraud, which is a first-degree felony punishable by 30 years in prison," he said, "which is the same statutory punishment ... as the racketeering charge."

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  • Christopher Torres, of the 1900 block of 41st Terrace Southwest, Golden Gate, was charged with possession of an admission ticket with intent to defraud, which is a misdemeanor. Stories

  • Ye, whom your Lord commanded to return good for evil, on the contrary, "do wrong (by taking away) and defraud" (by retaining what is entrusted to you; or "defraud" marks the effect of the "wrong" done, namely, the loss inflicted).

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  • Seldom Blues owner Frank Taylor closed the Detroit Fish Market and Detroit's Breakfast House & Grill last April, a day after the Downtown Development Authority sued him on claims he tried to "defraud" the city and owed $180,000 in back rent.

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