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malversation

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noun mal·ver·sa·tion \ˌmal-vər-ˈsā-shən\

Definition of malversation

  1. 1 :  misbehavior and especially corruption in an office, trust, or commission

  2. 2 :  corrupt administration



Origin of malversation

Middle French, from malverser to be corrupt, from mal + verser to turn, handle, from Latin versare, frequentative of vertere to turn — more at worth


First Known Use: 1549


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