• WordNet 3.6
    • v defraud 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When he resigned in 1923 because of illegal behavior in the Teapot Dome Affair, Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall was offered an appointment to the Supreme Court by President Harding. In 1931, Fall was tried and found guilty of conspiracy to defraud.
    • v. t Defraud 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.""Churches seem injured and defrauded of their rights."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • defraud To deprive of right, either by procuring something by deception or artifice, or by appropriating something wrongfully through breach of trust, or by withholding from another by indirection or device that which he has a right to claim or obtain; cheat; cozen: followed by of before the thing taken.
    • defraud To defeat or frustrate wrongfully.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Defraud de-frawd′ to deprive of by fraud: to withhold wrongfully: to cheat or deceive
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. defraudare,; de-, + fraudare, to cheat, fr. fraus, fraudis, fraud: cf. OF. defrauder,. See Fraud
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. defraudārede, from, and fraus, fraudis, fraud.


In literature:

The pious men who dwell in the sanctuary have at all times been proved to defraud their God by these little deceptions.
"A Mummer's Tale" by Anatole France
They thought they were to be defrauded of their usual music and they wouldn't allow the dialogue to proceed.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
Amandianus, Clarissimus, heirs of, defrauded by Theodahad, v. 12.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
Whoever has defrauded Nature by fasting four hours after sleep shall be compelled to sup.
"Ideal Commonwealths" by Various
We do not terrorize and shoot and defraud people who vote with us.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
It is claimed that this ignorant labor is defrauded of its just hire.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O" by Various
I was defrauding her into marriage.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
I shall be a brother to Andrew and a father to Agnes, since you would defraud them so.
"Bohemian Days" by Geo. Alfred Townsend
For shame, O sinful depredator, O defrauder of the poor!
"Oriental Encounters" by Marmaduke Pickthall
I have not defrauded the Nine Gods of the choice part of victims!
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)" by G. Maspero

In poetry:

Trust me, my dear, however odd
It may appear to say,
I sought it merely to defraud
Thy spoiler of his prey.
"Apology To Delia : For Desiring A Lock Of Her Hair" by William Cowper
His lips abhor to talk profane,
To slander or defraud;
His ready tongue declares to men
What he has learned of God.
"Psalm 37 part 2" by Isaac Watts
And he his neighbour doth defraud,
Of right that he should have;
That may his guilty conscience wound,
Ere he go to his grave.
"The False Swearer" by Susannah Hawkins
"Thus was I bosom'd in the peaceful grave;
My placid ghost no longer wept its doom;
When savage robbers every sanction brave,
And with outrageous guilt defraud the tomb!
"Elegy XXII. Written in the Year ----, When the Rights of Sepulture Were So Frequently Violated" by William Shenstone
Columbus! not so shall thy boundless domain
Defraud thy brave sons of their right;
Streams, midlands, and shorelands elude us in vain.
We shall drag their dark regions to light.
"On The Discoveries Of Captain Lewis (January 14, 1807)" by Joel Barlow
O Life! how soon of every bliss forlorn!
We start false joys, and urge the devious race;
A tender prey; that cheers our youthful morn,
Then sinks untimely, and defrauds the chase.
"Elegy XI. He Complains How Soon the Pleasing Novelty of Life Is Over" by William Shenstone

In news:

Man sentenced for defrauding HUD.
David Young and one-time Utah resident Christopher Harris are key figures in what federal prosecutors say was a massive scheme to defraud the Department of Defense .
Tim Durham will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars after a federal judge on Friday sentenced the disgraced playboy and businessman to a 50-year prison term for defrauding Ohio investors of $250 million.
The wife of a former Pinole police commander accused of defrauding an elderly Pleasanton woman has turned herself in to authorities, and as of Tuesday afternoon both husband and wife were free on bail.
SALT LAKE CITY — A former Cedar Hills mayor has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison after pleading guilty to defrauding a credit union.
Two former executives accused of defrauding the owner of a Roseville computer-chip plant have surrendered their shares in the company.
Tucson Police Fraud , Economic Crimes Unit would like to alert the public of types of fraudulent schemes are currently used to defraud victims of money.
Former Carmel real estate broker Thomas J O'Meara III was sentenced to federal prison for 6½ years Wednesday for defrauding investors in a failed luxury golf course development in Fresno .
GREELEY — Greeley police are searching for the owner of a former funeral service suspected of skipping town after defrauding customers and the state out of thousands of dollars.
GREELEY , Colorado — Greeley police are searching for the owner of a former funeral service suspected of skipping town after defrauding customers and the state out of thousands of dollars.
Insurance broker charged with defrauding Tom Hanks , The Police guitarist, others.
Aletheia hedge fund manager defrauded investors, SEC says.
BOSTON – A Florida man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his participation in a scheme to defraud homeowners who were looking to modify their home loan s.
Idaho optometrist gets 3 years for defrauding Medicaid, other health programs.
California Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation Monday that makes it illegal to impersonate someone online with intent to harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud.