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[mis-uh-proh-pree-eyt] /ˌmɪs əˈproʊ priˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), misappropriated, misappropriating.
to put to a wrong use.
to apply wrongfully or dishonestly, as funds entrusted to one's care.
Origin of misappropriate
First recorded in 1855-60; mis-1 + appropriate
Related forms
misappropriation, noun Unabridged
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  • Tom never for a moment regarded the misappropriation of the gold as a theft.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • But a second avenue of misappropriation thus was discovered.

    Uncle Sam Detective William Atherton Du Puy
  • Dr. Cronin had been charging the triangle with misappropriation of the funds—and what else?

    The Crime of the Century

    Henry M. Hunt
  • I allow, then, that some misappropriation is not improbable.

  • To spend so large an amount of the people's money in purely secular education seems to me a misappropriation of funds.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • After my defection, or misappropriation, he solaced himself by trying to make one or two other friendships.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • He allows no luxury or self-indulgence, no misappropriation of time, no ostentatious display of wealth or station.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • The funds ought to be applied to the general good; and if they're only spent on a few, I call it misappropriation of a trust.

  • He found that a most elaborate system of fraudulent entry in the city books covered the misappropriation of enormous sums.

British Dictionary definitions for misappropriation


(transitive) to appropriate for a wrong or dishonest use; embezzle or steal
Derived Forms
misappropriation, noun
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Word Origin and History for misappropriation

1746; from mis- (1) + appropriation.



1803, from mis- (1) + appropriate (v.). Related: Misappropriated; misappropriating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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