from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The fraudulent appropriation of property by a person to whom it has been intrusted

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law, business The fraudulent conversion of property from a property owner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

embezzle +‎ -ment


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word embezzlement.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.