Definition of malversation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmalvərˈsāSHən/


Corrupt behavior in a position of trust, especially in public office: ineptitude and malversation were major factors in the trouncing of the group’s candidates
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  • The court said she and her three associates ‘were acquitted of the crime of malversation for insufficiency of evidence to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt.’
  • In 1801, as 1st lord of the Admiralty, St Vincent prosecuted an inquiry into theft in the dockyards which contributed to Lord Melville's impeachment in 1806 for malversation of funds.
  • I've seen, as have we all, theft, fraud, intimidation, malversation.


Mid 16th century: from French, from malverser, from Latin male 'badly' + versari 'behave'.

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Syllabification: mal·ver·sa·tion

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