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. (transitive) To obtain money or property by fraud; to swindle.
  2. (archaic) To deprive.
    • KJV, 1 Corinthians 7, 5.
      Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
    • William Goodell, "On Conjugal Onanism and Kindred Sins", Nashville Journal of Medicine and Surgery, vol. 9, page 63.
      She is sinned against, because she is defrauded of her rights (i.e. sexual satisfaction).

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