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. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
bilk, cheat, commit breach of trust, divert, embezzle, exploit, expropriate, misapply, misdirect, misemploy, mismanage, peculate, pilfer, purloin, rob, steal, swindle
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. William C. Burton. 2006
v.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.n.misappropriation
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.