- to put to a wrong use.
- to apply wrongfully or dishonestly, as funds entrusted to one's care.
Origin of misappropriate
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Examples from the Web for misappropriation
In 2007, Burkle sued Follieri, the former boyfriend of actress Anne Hathaway, for misappropriation of funds.Bill Clinton's $20 Million Breakup
March 29, 2010
Tom never for a moment regarded the misappropriation of the gold as a theft.Twice Bought
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</p>
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
- (tr) to appropriate for a wrong or dishonest use; embezzle or steal
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Word Origin and History for misappropriation
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