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  • to obtain money or property by fraud; to swindle
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



De*fraud" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defrauded; p. pr. & vb. n. Defrauding.] [L. defraudare; de- + fraudare to cheat, fr. fraus, fraudis, fraud: cf. OF. defrauder. See Fraud.] To deprive of some right, interest, or property, by a deceitful device; to withhold from wrongfully; to injure by embezzlement; to cheat; to overreach; as, to defraud a servant, or a creditor, or the state; -- with of before the thing taken or withheld.

We have defrauded no man.
2 Cor. vii. 2.

Churches seem injured and defrauded of their rights.
Hooker.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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