defraud mid-14c., from O.Fr. defrauder, from L. defraudare "to defraud, cheat," from de- "thoroughly" (see DE- (Cf. de-)) + fraudare (see FRAUD (Cf. fraud)). Related: Defrauded; defrauding.

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