- to appropriate fraudulently to one's own use, as money or property entrusted to one's care.
Origin of embezzle
SynonymsSee more synonyms for embezzle on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for embezzler
She plays the kidnapped wife of an embezzler opposite Tim Robbins, John Hawkes, and Isla Fisher.Jennifer Aniston’s New Movie Sucks. What’s She Doing Wrong?
August 7, 2013
The rumors, always contradicted, that the embezzler had been caught!The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
It becomes you well—you, the cheat, the embezzler, the swindler.The Mystery of Lincoln's Inn
Surely, he had not been the embezzler, the libertine, the assassin!The Key to Yesterday
Charles Neville Buck
Those are the only two places where an embezzler is comparatively safe these days.On Secret Service
William Nelson Taft
These men who were robbed say that you are an embezzler, a thief.The Taming of Red Butte Western
- to convert (money or property entrusted to one) fraudulently to one's own use
Word Origin and History for embezzler
1660s, agent noun from embezzle.
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.