Definition of embezzlement in English:



  • Theft or misappropriation of funds placed in one's trust or belonging to one's employer.

    ‘charges of fraud and embezzlement’
    • ‘Not included in the cost are theft, embezzlement, suicide, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect.’
    • ‘Corporate fraud and embezzlement have been familiar topics in newspaper headlines of recent years.’
    • ‘At the same time, some senior staff within the bank were involved in frauds and embezzlement.’
    • ‘The legislation will simplify the law on larceny, fraudulent conversion, forgery and embezzlement.’
    • ‘Several family members are being sought by Turkish prosecutors on suspicion of embezzlement and fraud.’
    misappropriation, theft, stealing, robbing, robbery, thieving, pilfering, pilferage, appropriation, abstraction, swindling
    white-collar crime, fraud, larceny, misuse of funds
    ripping off, filching, swiping, lifting, skimming, snaffling, monkey business
    pinching, nicking, half-inching, whipping, nobbling
    peculation, defalcation, purloining
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