Embezzle vs Misappropriate - What's the difference?

embezzle | misappropriate |


As verbs the difference between embezzle and misappropriate

is that embezzle is (legal|business) to steal or misappropriate money that one has been trusted with, especially to steal money from one's employer while misappropriate is to use something wrongly, or illegally.

embezzle

English

Verb

(en-verb)
  • (legal, business) To steal or misappropriate money that one has been trusted with, especially to steal money from the organisation for which one works.
  • * 1903, , Twelve Stories and a Dream
  • You waste your education in burglary. You should do one of two things. Either you should forge or you should embezzle'. For my own part, I ' embezzle .
  • * 1861,
  • You let Dunsey have it, sir? And how long have you been so thick with Dunsey that you must collogue with him to embezzle my money?

    Synonyms

    * defalcate * misappropriate * peculate

    Derived terms

    * embezzler * embezzlement

    References

    misappropriate

    English

    Verb

    (misappropriat)
  • To use something wrongly, or illegally
  • To embezzle
  • Synonyms

    (use wrongly) * misuse (embezzle) * defalcate * embezzle * peculate