embezzling

embezzle

[em-bez-uhl]
verb (used with object), embezzled, embezzling.
to appropriate fraudulently to one's own use, as money or property entrusted to one's care.

Origin:
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 < ?

embezzlement, noun
embezzler, noun
nonembezzlement, noun
unembezzled, adjective


misappropriate.
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embezzle (ɪmˈbɛzəl)
 
vb
to convert (money or property entrusted to one) fraudulently to one's own use
 
[C15: from Anglo-French embeseiller to destroy, from Old French beseiller to make away with, of uncertain origin]
 
em'bezzlement
 
n
 
em'bezzler
 
n

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embezzle
mid-15c., from Anglo-Fr. embesiler "to steal, cause to disappear" (c.1300), from O.Fr. besillier "torment, destroy, gouge," of unknown origin. Sense of "to dispose of fraudulently" is first recorded 1580s.
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