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Embezzle   /ɪmbˈɛzəl/   Listen

(past & past part. embezzled; pres. part. embezzling)
Appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use.  Synonyms: defalcate, malversate, misappropriate, peculate.

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"Embezzle" Quotes from Famous Books

... who regard the Faultless Painter with sympathy, and who admiring his genius regret his errors, is a portrait of his wife Lucrezia Fede, whose name, a French writer has said, is a double epigram. It was this capricious and wilful beauty who made poor Andrea break his word and embezzle the money King Francis had given him to spend for works of art. Yet this dangerous face is his best excuse,—the face of a man-snarer, subtle and passionate and cruel in its blind selfishness, and yet so beautiful that any man might yield to it against the cry of his own warning conscience. ...
— Castilian Days • John Hay

Words linked to "Embezzle" :   steal, peculate, fiddle

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