malversation

[ mal-ver-sey-shuhn ]
/ ˌmæl vərˈseɪ ʃən /

noun Chiefly Law.

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

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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
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malversation
/ (ˌmælvɜːˈseɪʃən) /

noun

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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