misappropriation

Definitions of misappropriation
  1. noun
    the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else
    synonyms: defalcation, embezzlement, misapplication, peculation
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    types:
    raid
    an attempt by speculators to defraud investors
    plunderage
    the act of plundering (especially the embezzlement of goods on shipboard)
    type of:
    larceny, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving
    the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
  2. noun
    wrongful borrowing
    “his explanation was a misappropriation of sociological theory”
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    type of:
    adoption, borrowing
    the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source
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