Embezzlement



[em-bez-uh l] /ɛmˈbɛz əl/

verb (used with object), embezzled, embezzling.
1.
to appropriate fraudulently to one’s own use, as money or property entrusted to one’s care.
/ɪmˈbɛzəl/
verb
1.
to convert (money or property entrusted to one) fraudulently to one’s own use
n.

1540s, from embezzle + -ment.
v.

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.

The stealing of money entrusted to one’s care: “The treasurer of the company embezzled a million dollars.”

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