verb (used with object), em·bez·zled, em·bez·zling.
Origin of embezzle
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|Jamie Dettmer|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Do prior convictions for white-collar crimes like embezzlement constitute significant criminal history?
Dutschke pleaded guilty to embezzlement, according to the newspaper.
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.
Petty thievery flourished, and embezzlement, larceny, forgery and a hundred other crimes.Watchbird|Robert Sheckley
Men whose necessities have led them to embezzlement and larceny turn up so regularly that they hardly attract attention.Crime: Its Cause and Treatment|Clarence Darrow
Embezzlement is fraudulently putting to one's own use what is intrusted to him by another.The Government Class Book|Andrew W. Young
Defalcation—The appropriating to one's own use, of money intrusted to him by another; embezzlement.
That laws shall be passed making it felony, without benefit of clergy, to commit such fraud or embezzlement.
British Dictionary definitions for embezzlement
Word Origin for embezzle
Word Origin and History for embezzlement (1 of 2)
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.
Culture definitions for embezzlement
The stealing of money entrusted to one's care: “The treasurer of the company embezzled a million dollars.”