• WordNet 3.6
    • n embezzlement 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 Embezzlement The fraudulent appropriation of property by a person to whom it has been intrusted; as, the embezzlement by a clerk of his employer's money; embezzlement of public funds by the public officer having them in charge. 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 statute.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n embezzlement The act of embezzling; specifically, the act by which a clerk, servant, or other person occupying a position of trust fraudulently appropriates to his own use the money or goods intrusted to his care; a criminal conversion; the appropriation to one's self by a breach of trust of the property or money of another; “a sort of statutory larceny, committed by servants and other like persons where there is a trust reposed, and therefore no trespass, so that the act would not be larceny at the common law” (Bishop).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Embezzlement fraudulent appropriation of another's property by the person to whom it was entrusted
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  • Finley Peter Dunne
    “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.”


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.


In literature:

Embezzlement or theft by a servant of his master's goods of 40s.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
They were embezzled by the agent; and the Boyles were left penniless in a strange country.
"English Travellers of the Renaissance" by Clare Howard
A third of the taxes was embezzled in the collection.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXLV. July, 1844. Vol. LVI." by Various
He was Vitellius' kinsman, they howled; he had betrayed Otho; he had embezzled their donative.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
The chamberlain, Lord Latimer, bought up the royal debts and embezzled the public revenue.
"History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)" by John Richard Green
The son of an armorer, he was left an orphan at the age of seven, and his guardians had embezzled a part of his fortune.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
When Andrew Bolton embezzled the town went bust.
"An Alabaster Box" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
What connection this waste and embezzlement had with the subsequent events the House will judge.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VIII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Her dependence was wholly placed upon one that is dead, by whom her person was dishonoured and her fortune embezzled.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
If there is embezzlement anywhere, cause the funds so embezzled to be disgorged.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)

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:

VIENNA—A Vienna court has sentenced a leading dealer in Stradivarius violins and other rare stringed instruments to six years in prison after finding him guilty of fraud and embezzlement in a multi-million dollar scheme.
VIENNA — A Vienna court has sentenced a leading dealer in Stradivarius violins and other rare stringed instruments to six years in prison after finding him guilty of fraud and embezzlement in a multi-million dollar scheme.
A Westborough woman has been indicted for allegedly embezzling more than $220,000 from her former employer in a ghost employee scam, state and local prosecutors said.
Ex Portola Valley supe pleads not guilty of embezzling funds Tim Hanretty appears in court, denies embezzlement allegations.
Former Portola Valley supe arrested for embezzlement Tim Hanretty accused of seeking district reimbursement of costs for his home remodeling project.
HERNANDO — A trial date of Dec 10 has been scheduled for a Tennessee man for allegedly embezzling prize money from bowling leagues.
5 Indicted with Trident Seafood Plant Embezzlement.
Five people have been indicted on wire fraud charges for allegedly taking part in a scheme to embezzle nearly $500,000 from the Trident Seafoods plant in Kodiak.
Former Walla Walla County undersheriff charged with embezzlement.
The former Walla Walla Undersheriff accused of embezzling funds from the Sheriff's Office changed her plea to guilty in Spokane on Thursday.
A former Walla Walla County Undersheriff is being charged for embezzling more than $67,000 from the Sheriff's office.
WALLA — Former Walla Walla County Undersheriff Carole Lepiane has been charged with embezzling money from the sheriff's office.
A Milford attorney is accused of embezzling money from clients.
A former Orange County car dealer has been charged with embezzling more than $3 million from people buying or selling Ferraris, Lamborghinis and other luxury cars.
Mediation Session for CCC Embezzlement Postponed.

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