• (British) IPA: /fɹɔːd/
  • (America) enPR: frôd, IPA: /fɹɔd/
  • (cot-caught, Northern Cities Vowel Shift) enPR: frŏd, IPA: /fɹɑd/


  1. (law) The crime of stealing or otherwise illegally obtaining money by use of deception tactics.
  2. Any act of deception carried out for the purpose of unfair, undeserved and/or unlawful gain.
    • 1712 May, [Alexander Pope], “The Rape of the Locke. An Heroi-comical Poem.”, in Miscellaneous Poems and Translations. By Several Hands, London: Printed for Bernard Lintott […], OCLC 228744960 ↗, canto II:
      When success a lover's toil attends, / Few ask, if fraud or force attain'd his ends.
  3. The assumption of a false identity to such deceptive end.
  4. A person who performs any such trick.
  5. (obsolete) A trap or snare.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the First”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      to draw the proud King Ahab into fraud
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fraud (frauds, present participle frauding; past and past participle frauded)

  1. (obsolete) To defraud

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