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Pronunciation:  emb'ezulmunt

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else

EMBEZZLEMENT is a 12 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: defalcation, misapplication, misappropriation, peculation
 See Also: larceny, plunderage, raid, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Em*bez"zle*ment\, n.
The fraudulent appropriation of property by a person to whom
it has been intrusted; as, the embezzlement by a clerk of his
employer's; embezzlement of public funds by the public
officer having them in charge.

Note: Larceny denotes a taking, by fraud or stealth, from
      another's possession; embezzlement denotes an
      appropriation, by fraud or stealth, of property already
      in the wrongdoer's possession. In England and in most
      of the United States embezzlement is made indictable by

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