Word of the Day: EMBEZZLE

The word for today is: EMBEZZLE

MEANING:

  • Steal money that you have been trusted with.
  • To take for selfish reasons in violation of trust.
  • To appropriate (something, such as property entrusted to one’s care) fraudulently to one’s own use.

EXAMPLE:

  • The company’s senior accounts manager embezzled one thousand dollars ($1,000) from her employer by way of a loophole in the accounting procedures.
  • The politician absconded with embezzled public fund.
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SYNONYMS:

  • Thieve, steal, rob ,swipe, misapply, convert, take over, defalcate, peculate.

ANTONYMS:

  • Give, return, hand over.

HISTORY:

  • The word “embesilen” is a late Middle English and it was derived from an Anglo-French word “embeseiller” which means “to destroy” or “make away with”.
  • Em + baseiller means “to destroy” or “to steal” or “to plunder”.
  • The first usage to this word was traced back to the 15th century. In another research it says between the year 1375 – 1425.
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