Fraudulent vs Cheat - What's the difference?

fraudulent | cheat |

As an adjective fraudulent

is dishonest; based on fraud or deception.

As a verb cheat is

to violate rules in order to gain advantage from a situation.

As a noun cheat is

someone who cheats (informal: cheater).

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(en adjective)
  • dishonest; based on fraud or deception
  • false; phony
  • He tried to pass a fraudulent check.

    Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "fraudulent" is often applied: claim, practice, transfer, scheme, transaction, document, intent, misrepresentation, act, action, mortgage, check, conveyance, accounting, bankruptcy, reporting, etc.


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    Derived terms

    * fraudulently




    (en verb)
  • To violate rules in order to gain advantage from a situation.
  • My brother flunked biology because he cheated on his mid-term.
  • To be unfaithful to one's spouse or partner.
  • My husband cheated on me with his secretary.
  • To manage to avoid something even though it seemed unlikely.
  • He cheated death when his car collided with a moving train.
    I feel as if I've cheated fate.
  • To deceive; to fool; to trick.
  • My ex-wife cheated me out of $40,000.
    He cheated his way into office.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I am subject to a tyrant, a sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me of this island.
  • To beguile.
  • (Sir Walter Scott)
  • * Washington Irving
  • to cheat winter of its dreariness


    * belirt * blench * break the rules * lirt


    (en noun)
  • Someone who cheats (informal: cheater).
  • An act of deception or fraud; that which is the means of fraud or deception; a fraud; a trick; imposition; imposture.
  • * Dryden
  • When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat .
  • The weed cheatgrass.
  • A card game where the goal is to have no cards remaining in a hand, often by telling lies.
  • A hidden means of gaining an unfair advantage in a computer game, often by entering a cheat code.
  • Synonyms

    * (card game ) bullshit, BS, I doubt it

    Derived terms

    * cheat code * cheater * cheating * cheat on * cheat the hangman * windcheater

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