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n. the intentional, illegal use of the property or funds of another person for one's own use or other unauthorized purpose, particularly by a public official, a trustee of a trust, an executor or administrator of a dead person's estate, or by any person with a responsibility to care for and protect another's assets (a fiduciary duty). It is a felony (a crime punishable by a prison sentence). (See: fiduciary, embezzlement, theft, larceny)
misappropriationnoun abuse, appropriation for a dishonest use, appropriation for a wrongful use, arrogation, breach of trust, conversion, defalcation, defraudation, embezzlement, fraud, fraudulent conversion, illegal use of property, larceny, malversation, misapplication, misusage, misuse, peculation, pilferage, stealing, swindle, theft, thievery, wrongful conversion of property, wrongful use
Associated concepts: conversion, misappropriation of funds
See also: abuse, embezzlement, larceny, misapplication, misusage, misuse, plagiarism, theft