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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: fraude, from Latin fraus 'deceiving'

fraud

noun
     
fraud
1 [uncountable and countable]SCCB the crime of deceiving people in order to gain something such as money or goods
tax/insurance/credit card etc fraud
He's been charged with tax fraud.
She was found guilty of fraud.
2 [countable] someone or something that is not what it is claimed to be:
I felt like a fraud.
The police exposed the letter as a fraud.
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crimes that involve stealing things: robbery, burglary, theft, shoplifting, fraud, carjacking

crimes that involve attacking people : assault, mugging, murder, rape

someone who commits crimes: criminal, thief, crook, burglar, mugger, robber, pickpocket, rapist, offender, lawbreaker
crime

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