defraud

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From Old French defrauder, from de- + frauder

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defraud (third-person singular simple present defrauds, present participle defrauding, simple past and past participle defrauded)

  1. To obtain money or property by fraud; to swindle.
    • 1908, W. B. M. Ferguson, Zollenstein, ch.2:
      I had never defrauded a man of a farthing, nor called him knave behind his back. But now the last rag that covered my nakedness had been torn from me. I was branded a blackleg, card-sharper, and murderer.

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