Definitions for: Defraud


[v] deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change"



Webster (1913) Definition: De*fraud", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defrauded; p. pr. &
vb. n. Defrauding.] [L. defraudare; de- + fraudare to
cheat, fr. fraus, fraudis, fraud: cf. OF. defrauder. See
Fraud.]
To deprive of some right, interest, or property, by a
deceitful device; to withhold from wrongfully; to injure by
embezzlement; to cheat; to overreach; as, to defraud a
servant, or a creditor, or the state; -- with of before the
thing taken or withheld.

We have defrauded no man. --2 Cor. vii.
2.

Churches seem injured and defrauded of their rights.
--Hooker.

Synonyms: bunco, con, diddle, goldbrick, gyp, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, swindle, victimize

See Also: beat, cheat, chisel, rip off, short, short-change

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