Defraud vs Misappropriate - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between defraud and misappropriate

is that defraud is to obtain money or property by fraud; to swindle while misappropriate is to use something wrongly, or illegally.

defraud

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • To obtain money or property by fraud; to swindle.
  • *
  • *:I had never defrauded a man of a farthing, nor called him knave behind his back. But now the last rag that covered my nakedness had been torn from me. I was branded a blackleg, card-sharper, and murderer.
  • See also

    * fraudster English transitive verbs

    misappropriate

    English

    Verb

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

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