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fraud (n.)

mid-14c., "criminal deception" (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin); from Old French fraude "deception, fraud" (13c.), from Latin fraudem (nominative fraus) "a cheating, deceit," of persons "a cheater, deceiver," of uncertain origin. Connections have been proposed to Sanskrit dhruti- "deception; error."

Meaning "a fraudulent production, something intended to deceive" is from 1650s. The meaning "impostor, deceiver, pretender; humbug" is attested from 1850. Pious fraud (1560s) is properly "deception practiced for the sake of what is deemed a good purpose;" colloquially used as "person who talks piously but is not pious at heart."

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Definitions of fraud

fraud (n.)
intentional deception resulting in injury to another person;
fraud (n.)
a person who makes deceitful pretenses;
Synonyms: imposter / impostor / pretender / fake / faker / sham / shammer / pseudo / pseud / role player
fraud (n.)
something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage;
Synonyms: fraudulence / dupery / hoax / humbug / put-on
From wordnet.princeton.edu