(law) Corrupt conduct or fraudulent practices, as in public office.
Corrupt behaviour, illegitimate activity, especially by someone in authority.
Other Word Forms
Origin of malversation
French frommalverserto misbehavefrom Old French from Latin male versārīmalebadlymel-3 in Indo-European roots versārīto behavewer-2 in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Frenchmalversation, from malverser, from Latinmaleversari ("behave badly").
Malversation Sentence Examples
Tweed and members of the "Tweed Ring," and published Peculation Triumphant, Being the Record of a Five Years' Campaign against Official Malversation, A.D.
A few years later he incurred the royal disfavour for gross malversation in the administration of public property, and failing to compromise matters with the king, fled to Germany and engaged in political intrigues with the adventurer Wilhelm von Grumbach (1503-1567) for the purpose of dethroning Frederick II.
The magistracy had been acquiring more and more the character of an oligarchy; all power was practically in the hands of a few closely-related families; and the gravest peculation and malversation took place without hindrance.
Griffenfeldt, who was charged with simony, bribery, oath-breaking, malversation and lese-majeste, conducted his own defence under every imaginable difficulty.
The enemies of Pericles, who even with the aid of Spartan intrigue had hitherto, failed to harm his prestige, now succeeded in inducing the desperate citizens to fine him for alleged malversation.