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malversation

[mal-ver-sey-shuh n] /ˌmæl vərˈseɪ ʃən/
noun, Chiefly Law.
1.
improper or corrupt behavior in office, especially in public office.
Origin
1540-1550
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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British Dictionary definitions for malversation

malversation

/ˌmælvɜːˈseɪʃən/
noun
1.
(rare) professional or public misconduct
Word Origin
C16: from French, from malverser to behave badly, from Latin male versārī
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Word Origin and History for malversation
n.

"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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