• WordNet 3.6
    • n misappropriation wrongful borrowing "his explanation was a misappropriation of sociological theory"
    • n misappropriation the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Misappropriation Wrong appropriation; wrongful use.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n misappropriation Wrong appropriation; application to a wrong use: as, misappropriation of money.
    • n misappropriation Appropriation with misapplication: as, the misappropriation of a term.
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In literature:

His notes were written on the back of misappropriated telco property.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
He was still firm in his refusal to misappropriate those heirlooms.
"Zuleika Dobson" by Max Beerbohm
Condemned to seven years for misappropriating stock!!!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
He pictures to us a father who, by misappropriating trust funds, brings disgrace to the whole of his family.
"Theism or Atheism" by Chapman Cohen
An old term for misappropriating government stores.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Accused of misappropriating the funds of the Investment Society.
"Grey Town" by Gerald Baldwin
The funds ought to be applied to the general good; and if they're only spent on a few, I call it misappropriation of a trust.
"The Leader of the Lower School" by Angela Brazil
It is unconscionable that Khalid should misappropriate Party funds.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
I allow, then, that some misappropriation is not improbable.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865" by Various
He preferred that other, whose name is so much misappropriated: Faith.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In poetry:

Perhaps you have a turn for what
Is known as "misappropriation,"
Attractions this has doubtless got
For persons of a certain station,
But prevalent 'twill never be
Among the aristocracy.
"The Cat" by Harry Graham
I know that I was much abused,
No doubt when I was young and rash,
But I should not have been accused
Of misappropriating cash.
I may have sneaked a silver dish;--
Well, you may search me if you wish!
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
"Fools and their Money soon must be part!"
And you can help this on, may be,
If, in the kindness of your Heart,
You Learn to Take things easily;
And be, with little education,
A Prince of Misappropriation.
"Learn To Take Things Easily" by Harry Graham
As both the happy settlers roared with laughter at the joke,
They recognized a gentlemanly fellow pulling stroke:
'Twas ROBINSON - a convict, in an unbecoming frock!
Condemned to seven years for misappropriating stock!!!
"Etiquette" by William Schwenck Gilbert
They laughed no more, for SOMERS thought he had been rather rash
In knowing one whose friend had misappropriated cash;
And PETER thought a foolish tack he must have gone upon
In making the acquaintance of a friend of ROBINSON.
"Etiquette" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

THE WASHINGTON POST) The former chairman of an advisory neighborhood commission in Ward 5 has agreed to repay the city nearly $29,000 in " misappropriated " taxpayer funds.
Man misappropriated funds from Oakbrook community account.
Parent teacher association uncovers misappropriation of funds.
The office said it audited the loan because it received a citizen complaint alleging possible misappropriation of funds.
Town of Greig Town Clerk and Tax Collector accused of misappropriating funds.
Patricia Phelps is accused of misappropriating funds from the chamber.
Where a plaintiff brought suit claiming that the defendants misappropriated confidential information concerning his method of grading coins, the defendants' motion to dismiss must be allowed in part and denied in part.
Zynga, alleging that the social gaming company's "The Ville" misappropriated EA's "The Sims Social" game.
Education board dismisses ex-delegate for defying orders, misappropriation of grant.
The office said it audited the loan because it received a citizen complaint alleging possible misappropriation of funds .
Nearly 10 months after a jury found him guilty of misappropriating public funds, former Newport-Mesa Unified Supt.
Some misappropriations might have shown up as transfers on past city budgets.
Oaktree's GT Solar Settles Trade-Secret Misappropriation Case.
Jordanian demonstrators commonly voice anger about corruption and poverty, accusing those in power of misappropriating government money for personal gain.
Thirty-nine-year-old Leary of Carmel pleaded guilty in court Thursday to a felony charge of misappropriating title insurance escrow funds.