Legal Definition and Related Resources of Defraud

Meaning of Defraud

Deprive of some right , interest or property by fraud , deceit or artifice . See U.S. v Godwin, 566 F.2d975.

Defraud Alternative Definition

To withhold from another that which is justly due to him, or to deprive him of a right, by deception or artifice. 12 Barb. (N. Y.) 186.

Synonyms of Defraud


  • befool
  • beguile
  • bilk
  • cheat
  • cheat out of money
  • circumscribere
  • commit breach of trust
  • cozen
  • defraudare
  • deceive
  • delude
  • deprive dishonestly
  • dupe
  • embezzle
  • fleece
  • fool
  • hoax
  • inveigle
  • levant
  • mislead
  • mulct
  • obtain money on false pretenses
  • peculate
  • practice chicanery
  • practice fraud upon
  • swindle
  • take advantage of
  • take by fraud
  • take in
  • trick
  • Associated Concepts: conspiracy to defraud
  • intent to defraud
  • use of mails to defraud

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Mentioned in these terms

Cheat, Counterfeit, Deceit, False Personation, Fraudulent Conveyance, Mail Fraud, Manipulation, Swindle, Theft By False Pretenses.


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