defraud vs scam what difference

what is difference between defraud and scam

English

Alternative forms

  • defraude (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English defrauden, from Old French defrauder, from de- + frauder.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪ.ˈfɹɔːd/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːd

Verb

defraud (third-person singular simple present defrauds, present participle defrauding, simple past and past participle defrauded)

  1. (transitive) To obtain money or property from (a person) by fraud; to swindle.
    • I had never defrauded a man of a farthing, nor called him knave behind his back. But now the last rag that covered my nakedness had been torn from me. I was branded a blackleg, card-sharper, and murderer.
  2. (archaic) To deprive.
    • 1872, William Goodell, “On Conjugal Onanism and Kindred Sins”, Nashville Journal of Medicine and Surgery, vol. 9, page 63.

Related terms

  • befraud
  • defrauder

Translations

See also

  • fraudster

Anagrams

  • frauded


English

Etymology

US carnival slang. Possibly from scamp (swindler, cheater). Also possibly from skam.

The word “scam” became common use among the US “drug culture” in early 1980 after Operation ABSCAM, an FBI sting operation directed at public officials, became public.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: skăm, IPA(key): /skæm/
  • Rhymes: -æm

Noun

scam (plural scams)

  1. A fraudulent deal.
    That marketing scheme looks like a scam to me.
  2. Something that is promoted using scams.
    That car was a scam.

Synonyms

  • con game, confidence trick, swindle
  • See also Thesaurus:deception

Coordinate terms

  • take for a ride

Translations

Verb

scam (third-person singular simple present scams, present participle scamming, simple past and past participle scammed)

  1. (transitive) To defraud or embezzle.
    They tried to scam her out of her savings.

Synonyms

  • con

Translations

Anagrams

  • ACMs, ACSM, CAMs, CASM, CSMA, M. A. Sc., M.A.Sc., MACs, MASc, MCAs, Macs, SMAC, cams, macs, masc, masc.

Middle Irish

Etymology

Attested only in the plural form scaim. From Proto-Celtic *skamos. Cognate with Welsh ysgafn (“light”) and Welsh ysgyfaint (“(pair of) lungs”), Breton skañv, Cornish skav.

Noun

scam

  1. lung

References

  • Matasović, R. (2009). Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic, p.339. Brill: Boston.

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