Paternity fraud (pa·ter·ni·ty – fraud)

Pronunciation:/pəˈternitē, / /frôd, /


  • wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain: he was accused of being the father of the child until DNA comparison demonstrated otherwise
  • a person or thing intended to deceive others , typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities: mothers exposed as tricksters and frauds


late Middle English: from Old French paternité, fraude,  from late Latin paternitas, fraus from paternus fraud- ‘deceit, injury”relating to a father’


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