Part of speech: verb

To deprive of something by fraud; cheat; swindle.

Part of speech: noun


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Usage examples "defraud":

  1. When he has nothing left, must not his desires, crowding in the nest like young ravens, be crying aloud for food; and he, goaded on by them, and especially by love himself, who is in a manner the captain of them, is in a frenzy, and would fain discover whom he can defraud or despoil of his property, in order that he may gratify them? - "Plato's Republic", Plato.
  2. Your privilege ought not to be used to defraud the other creditors. - "Eve and David", Honore de Balzac.
  3. Then I'm afraid I must defraud you of the full measure of your enjoyment, Mr. Cutbill; we never smoke in the dining- room. - "The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly", Charles James Lever.