Definition of malversation in English:



  • Corrupt behavior in a position of trust, especially in public office.

    ‘ineptitude and malversation were major factors in the trouncing of the group's candidates’
    • ‘A President who had spared the country a dangerous ordeal at the polls was above suspicion: only the prejudiced could associate him with malversation.’
    • ‘It was the worst case of malversation and fraud in the pensions industry, and it was carried out under the trust structure.’
    • ‘Similarly, for the same period, only 23 municipal and city mayors were convicted for malversation, bribery and theft.’
    • ‘The court said she and her three associates ‘were acquitted of the crime of malversation for insufficiency of evidence to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt.’’
    • ‘I've seen, as have we all, theft, fraud, intimidation, malversation.’
    • ‘Any town officer may be removed from office by the supreme court for any misconduct, maladministration, malfeasance or malversation in office.’
    • ‘This was the verdict handed down yesterday on the case of technical malversation and juggling of public funds.’
    • ‘It says he can be removed upon two-thirds vote of the senate for ‘misconduct or malversation in office.’’
    • ‘Thirty-two government officials allegedly using government vehicles for private purposes were charged with malversation yesterday in the Office of the Ombudsman.’
    • ‘The Regional Trial Court Branch found her guilty of 11 counts of malversation of funds and sentenced her to 172 years and six months in prison in February 2007.’
    • ‘In 1801, as 1st lord of the Admiralty, St Vincent prosecuted an inquiry into theft in the dockyards which contributed to Lord Melville's impeachment in 1806 for malversation of funds.’
    • ‘This reduction includes legitimate business oversight, and may even extend, I have been told, to actual malversation of funds.’
    crime, lawbreaking, lawlessness, criminality, misconduct, malpractice, corruption, unethical behaviour, immorality, sin, sinfulness, wickedness, badness, evil, vice, iniquity, villainy, delinquency, misbehaviour, mischief, naughtiness
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Mid 16th century: from French, from malverser, from Latin male ‘badly’ + versari ‘behave’.