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misappropriate

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Definition stealing something one was entrusted to take care of
  • 'You believed it had been misappropriated by Mr. Wickfield?' said Traddles.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Misappropriating their lives.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • There was even a former Conservative functionary who had taken refuge in the revolt to escape a judgment for misappropriation of funds.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • It was the gentleman Clennam had seen on the night of his own accidental detention there, who had that impalpable grievance about the misappropriated Fund on which the Marshal was supposed to batten.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Occasionally there are reports that charges have been brought against some trustee or guardian who has misappropriated funds or sold his client's co-op apartment and stuffed the proceeds into his own pockets.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • His reign was being continued now in the person of his son, Baby Doc—a little less crafty than his father but with the same proclivity for murdering political enemies and for stealing and misappropriating foreign aid.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Like a powerful internal-affairs office, the OS monitored all CIA employees for illicit behavior: misappropriation of funds, selling of secrets, stealing classified technologies, and use of illegal torture tactics, to name a few.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • They were disputing about the misappropriation of certain sums and the laying of certain pipes, and Sergey Ivanovitch was very cutting to two members, and said something at great length with an air of triumph; and another member, scribbling something on a bit of paper, began timidly at first, but afterwards answered him very viciously and delightfully.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • But the Vicar's view of that seat of learning as a stepping-stone to Orders alone was quite a family tradition; and so rooted was the idea in his mind that perseverance began to appear to the sensitive son akin to an intent to misappropriate a trust, and wrong the pious heads of the household, who had been and were, as his father had hinted, compelled to exercise much thrift to carry out this uniform plan of education for the three young men.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Levin was surprised that they should dispute upon this subject so long, especially as, when he asked Sergey Ivanovitch whether he supposed that money had been misappropriated, Sergey Ivanovitch answered: "Oh, no!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • If you thinkyou have any right to pry into her private affairsI'll tell her you believe those checks are being misappropriated and you want an audit because you dont trust her.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • As less reprehensible than theft, highway robbery, cruelty to children and animals, obtaining money under false pretences, forgery, embezzlement, misappropriation of public money, betrayal of public trust, malingering, mayhem, corruption of minors, criminal libel, blackmail, contempt of court, arson, treason, felony, mutiny on the high seas, trespass, burglary, jailbreaking, practice of unnatural vice, desertion from armed forces in the field, perjury, poaching, usury, intelligence...
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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