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.
Syn: -- Deception; deceit; guile; craft; wile; sham; strife; circumvention; stratagem; trick; imposition; cheat. See Deception.
n 1: intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
2: a person who makes deceitful pretenses [syn: imposter, impostor,
pretender, fake, faker, sham, shammer, pseudo,
pseud, role player]
3: something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended
to gain an advantage [syn: fraudulence, dupery, hoax,