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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.
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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"
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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.
The National Accountability Bureau filed a reference in 2016, claiming that being the then chairman of the society Kamran Nabi Ahmed misappropriated or embezzled Rs148,376,892 from the funds meant for the internal development works in different sectors of the society.
He said ward administrators who will be found to have misappropriated funds meant for the payment of PMCs will not be spared.
In that process, we discovered that he had misappropriated vast sums of money from me and my family.
ISLAMABAD -- The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Sukkur has made recoveries of misappropriated amount of around Rs 10 billion at seven godowns of Sindh Food Department after receiving public complaints regarding corruption.
In this regard it was learnt that the budget issued for the UC Kolachi has been misappropriated by the UC Chairman and Vice Chairman by making fake bills.
Summary: They abused their public office and misappropriated funds.
Summary: New Delhi (India) Jun 12 (ANI): The Supreme Court will hear in July a plea filed against Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd (IHFL) in which it was alleged that the company misappropriated Rs 98,000 crore of public money.
The court order said the chairman misused his position and unlawfully misappropriated e1/4149 million by selling shares to the company.