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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fraud  \Fraud\  (fr[add]d),  n.  [F.  fraude,  L.  fraus,  fraudis 
  prob.  akin  to  Skr.  dh[=u]rv  to  injure,  dhv[.r]  to  cause  to 
  fall,  and  E.  dull.] 
  1.  Deception  deliberately  practiced  with  a  view  to  gaining  an 
  unlawful  or  unfair  advantage;  artifice  by  which  the  right 
  or  interest  of  another  is  injured;  injurious  stratagem; 
  deceit;  trick. 
 
  If  success  a  lover's  toil  attends,  Few  ask  if  fraud 
  or  force  attained  his  ends  --Pope. 
 
  2.  (Law)  An  intentional  perversion  of  truth  for  the  purpose 
  of  obtaining  some  valuable  thing  or  promise  from  another. 
 
  3.  A  trap  or  snare.  [Obs.] 
 
  To  draw  the  proud  King  Ahab  into  fraud.  --Milton. 
 
  {Constructive  fraud}  (Law),  an  act  statement,  or  omission 
  which  operates  as  a  fraud,  although  perhaps  not  intended 
  to  be  such  --Mozley  &  W. 
 
  {Pious  fraud}  (Ch.  Hist.),  a  fraud  contrived  and  executed  to 
  benefit  the  church  or  accomplish  some  good  end  upon  the 
  theory  that  the  end  justified  the  means 
 
  {Statute  of  frauds}  (Law),  an  English  statute  (1676),  the 
  principle  of  which  is  incorporated  in  the  legislation  of 
  all  the  States  of  this  country,  by  which  writing  with 
  specific  solemnities  (varying  in  the  several  statutes)  is 
  required  to  give  efficacy  to  certain  dispositions  of 
  property.  --Wharton. 
 
  Syn:  Deception;  deceit;  guile;  craft;  wile;  sham;  strife; 
  circumvention;  stratagem;  trick;  imposition;  cheat.  See 
  {Deception}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fraud 
  n  1:  intentional  deception  resulting  in  injury  to  another  person 
  2:  a  person  who  makes  deceitful  pretenses  [syn:  {imposter},  {impostor}, 
  {pretender},  {fake},  {faker},  {sham},  {pseudo},  {pseud}, 
  {role  player}] 
  3:  deliberate  trickery  intended  to  gain  an  advantage  [syn:  {fraudulence}, 
  {dupery},  {hoax},  {put-on}] 




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