pious fraud



pious +‎ fraud, a calque of Latin pia fraus.


pious fraud (plural pious frauds)

  1. An act of innocent deceit, technically using the methods of a fraudster but for an honest, honorable purpose
    White lies are verbal cases of pious fraud
  2. A person involved in such a fraud.
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