American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Misconduct in public office.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Evil conduct; fraudulent or tricky dealing; especially, misbehavior in an office or employment, as by fraud, breach of trust, extortion, etc.
- n. corrupt behaviour, illegitimate activity, especially by someone in authority
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Evil conduct; fraudulent practices; misbehavior, corruption, or extortion in office.
- n. misconduct in public office
- From French malversation, from malverser, from Latin male versari ("behave badly"). (Wiktionary)
- French, from malverser, to misbehave, from Old French, from Latin male versārī : male, badly; see mel-3 in Indo-European roots + versārī, to behave; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“What's more, I believe the voice of millions of netizens will bring justice, fairness, democracy and social progress, and face the corruption and malversation down.”
“Secondly by the flight and voluntary desertion of the younger Fairford, the advocate; on account of which, he served both father and son with a petition and complaint against them, for malversation in office.”
“On the heels of the revelation that Santorum has a mortgage at market rate and that he does not himself pay for work-related expenses comes the news that he established a charity that pays out money to the needy, which is clearly a malversation.”
“There are magnificent avenues of elm-trees, great gardens encircled by the moat, and a circumference of walls about a huge manorial pile which represents the profits of the maltote, the gains of farmers-general, legalized malversation, or the vast fortunes of great houses now brought low beneath the hammer of the Civil Code.”
“Cases at Saint Helena, alluding to a confidential servant whom he had been obliged to dismiss for malversation.”
“Adam Smith warned that monopoly leads to negligence and malversation and undermines liberty and justice.”
“For in the prevalence of sense and spirit over stupidity and malversation, all reasonable men have an interest; and as intellectual beings we feel the air purified by the electric shock, when material force is overthrown by intellectual energies.”
“Director, certainly; for he hinted at malversation of shares: but the Company still stood as united as the Hand-inHand, and as firm as the Rock.”
“She had been born, but it was only gossip said so, in Tasmania: her grandfather had been exported for some hanky-panky mid-Victorian scandal; malversation of trusts was it?”
“There had been more than one such case brought to public notice at the time, in which there seemed to have been an egregious malversation of charitable purposes.”
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