I verb appropriate criminally, appropriate dishonestly, appropriate illegally, appropriate wrongfully, bilk, cheat, cozen, deceive, defraud, divert, embezzle, misappropriate, mulct, obtain money on false pretenses, obtain under false pretenses, pilfer, purloin, rob, steal, swindle II index bilk, cheat, convert (misappropriate), defalcate, defraud, impropriate, loot, mulct (defraud), poach, purloin, rob, steal

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

For a public officer to steal public funds entrusted to him or her; to embezzle.

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

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