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tr.v. mis·ap·pro·pri·at·ed, mis·ap·pro·pri·at·ing, mis·ap·pro·pri·ates
1. To appropriate wrongly: misappropriating the theories of social science.
2. To appropriate dishonestly for one's own use; embezzle.

mis′ap·pro′pri·a′tion n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.misappropriated - taken for your own use in violation of a trustmisappropriated - taken for your own use in violation of a trust; "the banker absconded with embezzled funds"
illegal - prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules; "an illegal chess move"
References in classic literature ?
Levin was surprised that they should dispute upon this subject so long, especially as, when he asked Sergey Ivanovitch whether he supposed that money had been misappropriated, Sergey Ivanovitch answered:
This incident only suggested to the widow's mind, when they halted at an alehouse some miles further on, and heard the justice's character as given by his friends, that perhaps something more than capacity of stomach and tastes for the kennel and the stable, were required to form either a perfect country gentleman, a thoroughbred Englishman, or a genuine John Bull; and that possibly the terms were sometimes misappropriated, not to say disgraced.
It was the gentleman Clennam had seen on the night of his own accidental detention there, who had that impalpable grievance about the misappropriated Fund on which the Marshal was supposed to batten.
According to my now well-developed theory he had certainly misappropriated his aged cousins' monies under power of attorney, and had probably driven poor Agnes Moultrie out of her wits, but I wished that he was not so gentle, and good-tempered, and innocent eyed.
KARACHI -- Sindh Food Minister Nisar Khuhro has said the government's wheat worth over Rs630 million has either been stolen or misappropriated during six years from 2008 to 2014.
Surf Horizon Limited filed its claim against Manafort and Gates in New York state Supreme Court, saying they had misappropriated more than $18.
The FCID alleged that the suspect had misappropriated the concerned amount committed during the purchase of a building to house the Sri Lankan embassy at 3025, White Haven Street, Washington 20008.
As per detail, Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) referred this matter to Chairman NAB with allegation that various complaints have been received against M/s Stock Street (Pvt) Ltd that this company has defrauded public at large and misappropriated their hard earned money.
The lightest jail terms would be imposed on those who misappropriated an amount not exceeding P40,000, while the harshest terms would be meted out on those who misappropriated more than P8.
EDT - Investigations related to Malaysia's state-run fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad across the world have not showed finances were misappropriated at 1MDB, the country's Attorney General Mohamed Apandi said Thursday.
An inquiry is under progress on allegations of misappropriation and embezzlement of funds by accused Ehtesham ul Haq Malik s/o Mehboob Ahmed Malik, who misappropriated funds which were transferred to him for payment to PDMA/MEPCO for electrification of houses constructed for flood affectees.
The bill will meet international standards and strengthen the efforts to recover misappropriated assets placed abroad, he noted.