pious fraud

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

pious +‎ fraud, calque of Latin pia fraus.

NounEdit

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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