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Noun: misappropriation  ,mi-su,prow-pree'ey-shun
  1. The fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else
    - embezzlement, peculation, defalcation, misapplication
  2. Wrongful borrowing
    "his explanation was a misappropriation of sociological theory"

Derived forms: misappropriations

Type of: adoption, borrowing, larceny, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving

Encyclopedia: Misappropriation