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Related to malversation: plunder
Misconduct in public office.
[French, from malverser, to misbehave, from Old French, from Latin male versārī : male, badly; see mel- in Indo-European roots + versārī, to behave; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]
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rare professional or public misconduct
[C16: from French, from malverser to behave badly, from Latin male versārī]
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mal•ver•sa•tion(ˌmæl vərˈseɪ ʃən)
improper or corrupt behavior esp. in public office.
[1540–50; < Middle French, =malvers(er) to embezzle + -ation -ation]
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fraudulent behavior, extortion, or corruption by a person who holds public office or a position of trust.See also: Crime
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