- to appropriate fraudulently to one's own use, as money or property entrusted to one's care.
Origin of embezzle
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Examples from the Web for embezzlement
He remains serving a three-year sentence for embezzlement that he was convicted on in May.Mubarak’s Acquittal Signals Complete Triumph of Military Over Arab Spring
November 29, 2014
Do prior convictions for white-collar crimes like embezzlement constitute significant criminal history?The Prophet of the Bogus Drug War
August 12, 2013
Dutschke pleaded guilty to embezzlement, according to the newspaper.Ricin Suspect J. Everett Dutschke Arrested
April 27, 2013
Before Crundwell, the largest municipal fraud was also an embezzlement case committed by a woman named Harriette Walters.
In fact, according to the 2011 Marquet Report on Embezzlement, women are more likely to embezzle than men.
"But you have an easy time: you didn't mind Brown's embezzlement," said Harry.
I admit I'm wanted in New York on a trumped-up charge of embezzlement.The Winning Clue</p>
James Hay, Jr.
The world judged me guilty of embezzlement, but before God I am innocent!The Jolliest School of All</p>
Her husband, a Victorian official, was serving five years for embezzlement.The Ebbing Of The Tide
He may have been a clerk and been condemned for forgery or embezzlement.Condemned as a Nihilist
George Alfred Henty
- to convert (money or property entrusted to one) fraudulently to one's own use
Word Origin and History for embezzlement
early 15c., from Anglo-French embesiler "to steal, cause to disappear" (c.1300), from Old French em- (see en- (1)) + besillier "torment, destroy, gouge," of unknown origin. Sense of "to dispose of fraudulently" is first recorded 1580s. Related: Embezzled; embezzling.
The stealing of money entrusted to one's care: “The treasurer of the company embezzled a million dollars.”