1. A deception practiced in order to induce another to give up possession of property or surrender a right.
2. A piece of trickery; a trick.
a. One that defrauds; a cheat.
b. One who assumes a false pose; an impostor.
[Middle English fraude, from Old French, from Latin fraus, fraud-.]
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