mis·ap·pro·pri·ate /ˌmi-sə-'prō-prē-ˌāt/ vt: to appropriate wrongfully or unlawfully (as by theft or embezzlement)
mis·ap·pro·pri·a·tion /-ˌprō-prē-'ā-shən/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb bilk, cheat, commit breach of trust, divert, embezzle, exploit, expropriate, misapply, misdirect, misemploy, mismanage, peculate, pilfer, purloin, rob, steal, swindle II index abuse (misuse), bilk, divert, embezzle, exploit (take advantage of), hold up (rob), impropriate, jostle (pickpocket), misemploy, mismanage, peculate, pilfer, plagiarize, poach, purloin, rob

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To dishonestly take something that belongs to someone else and use it for oneself; to use someone else’s property for a purpose for which it was not intended; also called misapply.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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