embezzle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v embezzle appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use "The accountant embezzled thousands of dollars while working for the wealthy family"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Embezzle To appropriate fraudulently to one's own use, as property intrusted to one's care; to apply to one's private uses by a breach of trust; as, to embezzle money held in trust.
    • Embezzle To misappropriate; to waste; to dissipate in extravagance. "To embezzle our money in drinking or gaming."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • embezzle To weaken; diminish the power or extent of.
    • embezzle To waste or dissipate in extravagance; misappropriate or misspend.
    • embezzle To steal slyly; purloin; filch; make off with.
    • embezzle To appropriate fraudulently to one's own use, as what is intrusted to one's care; apply to one's private use by a breach of trust, as a clerk or servant who misappropriates his employer's money or valuables.
    • embezzle To confuse; amaze.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Embezzle em-bez′l to appropriate fraudulently what has been entrusted
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Quotations

  • Finley Peter Dunne
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    “A man's idea in a game of cards is war, cruel, devastating, and pitiless. A lady's idea of it is a combination of larceny, embezzlement and burglary.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Norm. F. embeseiller, to destroy; cf. OF. besillier, to ill treat, ravage, destroy. Cf. Bezzle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. from root of imbecile, the primary sense being to weaken: (obs.) Bezz′le, to squander, from O. Fr. besiler, to destroy, is the same word.

Usage

In literature:

Some refused to believe that Jason Philip had made restitution for the money young Jordan had embezzled.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Maybe he speculated and embezzled or gambled or something.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
EMBEZZLEMENT, or simple theft, by persons belonging to a merchant ship, is not deemed a peril of the sea.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I'm not an embezzler.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
He may have been a clerk and been condemned for forgery or embezzlement.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Who had really been guilty of the embezzlement?
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
It was said that he had been a sailor or a policeman, a college professor or a priest, a forger or an embezzler.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
If Millard had embezzled a thousand dollars of the bank's funds, could he have been more remorseful than he is now?
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
In that year he was dismissed, fined L30,000, and imprisoned in the Tower, for serious embezzlements and other frauds.
"State Trials, Political and Social" by Various
The charge against him is extensive embezzlement.
"The Economist" by Various
There was no check on waste or embezzlement.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
If the innkeeper were found guilty of embezzlement, he was to pay thrice the sum to the bishop, who could apply it as he wished.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
A young Chinaman, employed in a position of trust in Hankow, embezzled some money.
"Where Half The World Is Waking Up" by Clarence Poe
Every embezzler would have the money to purchase freedom.
"Elementary Theosophy" by L. W. Rogers
And it was quite impossible to make them believe that such sums could be expended to so little purpose save by fraud or embezzlement.
"Virginia under the Stuarts 1607-1688" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
I had embezzled money at my store; I was lost else: I must have gone to gaol.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He had ten mouths to feed and he embezzled some funds.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
You can give it at once or stand suit for embezzlement.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
I didn't embezzle it, I gave the company my note.
"The Vision of Elijah Berl" by Frank Lewis Nason
Why, it is sheer embezzlement to keep back and spend the school pence.
"The New Mistress" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

Vast quantities of stores did he
Embezzle and purloin;
Of the king's stores he kept a key,
Converting them to coin.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
"Here's Love of Brand-New Clothes,
Embezzling - Arson - Deism -
A taste for Slang and Oaths,
And Fraudulent Trusteeism.
"Phrenology" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati and three of its parishes have sued the parishes' former business manager, alleging he embezzled a total of more than $350,000 over several years.
Anita Guzzardi denied parole after embezzling $906,000.
Neighbors argue over trashed TVs, alleged embezzlement.
A New Jersey man contacted police concerning alleged embezzlement.
A former city employee accused of profiting from the transfer of a city-owned development right has been arrested on suspicion of embezzlement and grand theft.
Woman embezzled $1 million from firm.
Two current Irwindale officials and two former officials accused of embezzlement now have a trial date, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Former youth association treasurer arrested for embezzlement.
A former youth hockey association treasurer has been arrested on embezzlement charges.
Rachel Duncan pleaded guilty to embezzlement and mail fraud.
Ohio woman pleads guilty to two 20-Year felonies for embezzling $2.1 million.
A Las Cruces woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from a bank where she once worked.
LAS CRUCES (AP) — A Las Cruces woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from a bank where she once worked.
The federal grand jury Wednesday indicted Donnie Wright, a top local executive with Bank of America, on one count of embezzlement of funds by a bank employee.
Barking dogs, booze and boats, embezzlement.
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In science:

We shall usually embezzle M and σ , and simply write HomMF(W )(Q, Q′ ) = H 0(Q, Q′ ) ⊕ H 1(Q, Q′ ) for the morphisms in MF(W ).
Stability of Landau-Ginzburg branes
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