DEFRAUD, v.t. [L. To cheat.] 1. To deprive of right, either by obtaining something by deception or artifice, or by taking something wrongfully without the knowledge or consent of the owner; to cheat; to cozen; followed by of before the thing taken; as, to defraud; a man of his right.We have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man. 2 Cor. 7.The agent who embezzles public property, defrauds the state.The man who by deception obtains a price for a commodity above its value, defrauds the purchaser.2. To withhold wrongfully from another what is due to him. Defraud not the hireling of his wages.3. To prevent one wrongfully from obtaining what he may justly claim.A man of fortune who permits his son to consume the season of education in hunting, shooting, or in frequenting horse-races, assemblies, &c., defrauds the community of a benefactor, and bequeaths them a nuissance.4. To defeat or frustrate wrongfully.By the duties deserted-by the claims defrauded.
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