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embezzle

[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.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English embesilen < Anglo-French embeseiller to destroy, make away with, equivalent to em- em-1 + beseiller, Old French beseiller to destroy < ?
Related forms
embezzlement, noun
embezzler, noun
nonembezzlement, noun
unembezzled, adjective
Synonyms
misappropriate.
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Examples for embezzler
  • The convicted embezzler of millions might be set free, for example, while a small-time robber would stay behind bars.
British Dictionary definitions for embezzler

embezzle

/ɪmˈbɛzəl/
verb
1.
to convert (money or property entrusted to one) fraudulently to one's own use
Derived Forms
embezzlement, noun
embezzler, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-French embeseiller to destroy, from Old French beseiller to make away with, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for embezzler
n.

1660s, agent noun from embezzle.

embezzle

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.

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