- (British) IPA: /fɹɔːd/
- (America) enPR: frôd, IPA: /fɹɔd/
- (cot-caught, Northern Cities Vowel Shift) enPR: frŏd, IPA: /fɹɑd/
- (law) The crime of stealing or otherwise illegally obtaining money by use of deception tactics.
- 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.
- The assumption of a false identity to such deceptive end.
- A person who performs any such trick.
- (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
- (criminal) deceit
- (person) faker, fraudster, impostor, cheat(er), trickster
- insurance fraud
- mail fraud
- pious fraud
- wire fraud
- French: fraude
- German: Betrug, Schwindel
- Italian: frode, frodi, baratteria
- Portuguese: fraude, falcatrua, logro, estelionato (legal)
- Russian: моше́нничество
- Spanish: fraude
- German: Hochstapelei
- Portuguese: falsidade ideológica
- French: imposteur, charlatan
- German: Betrüger, Betrügerin, Hochstapler
- Portuguese: fraudador
- Russian: моше́нник
- Spanish: defraudador
fraud (frauds, present participle frauding; past and past participle frauded)
- (obsolete) To defraud