[ mal-ver-sey-shuh n ]
/ ˌmæl vərˈseɪ ʃən /

noun Chiefly Law.

improper or corrupt behavior in office, especially in public office.

Nearby words

  1. malvaceous,
  2. malvasia,
  3. malvern,
  4. malvern hill,
  5. malvern hills,
  6. malvina,
  7. malvinas,
  8. malvine,
  9. malvoisie,
  10. malwa

Origin of malversation

1540–50; < Middle French, equivalent to malvers(er) to embezzle (< Latin male versārī to behave badly, equivalent to male badly (see mal-) + versārī to behave, conduct oneself, passive (in middle sense) of versāre to turn; see versatile) + -ation -ation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for malversation


/ (ˌmælvɜːˈseɪʃən) /


rare professional or public misconduct

Word Origin for malversation

C16: from French, from malverser to behave badly, from Latin male versārī

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Word Origin and History for malversation



"professional or official corruption," 1540s, from French malversation, from malverser, from Latin male versari, from male "wrongly, ill" (see mal-) + versari "to behave, conduct oneself," passive frequentative of vertere "to turn" (see versus).

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