Meaning of malversation in English:



mass nounformal
  • Corrupt behaviour in a position of trust, especially in public office.

    ‘a charge of malversation’
    • ‘The court said she and her three associates ‘were acquitted of the crime of malversation for insufficiency of evidence to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt.’’
    • ‘In 1801, as 1st lord of the Admiralty, St Vincent prosecuted an inquiry into theft in the dockyards which contributed to Lord Melville's impeachment in 1806 for malversation of funds.’
    • ‘I've seen, as have we all, theft, fraud, intimidation, malversation.’
    • ‘A President who had spared the country a dangerous ordeal at the polls was above suspicion: only the prejudiced could associate him with malversation.’
    • ‘This reduction includes legitimate business oversight, and may even extend, I have been told, to actual malversation of funds.’
    • ‘This was the verdict handed down yesterday on the case of technical malversation and juggling of public funds.’
    • ‘Thirty-two government officials allegedly using government vehicles for private purposes were charged with malversation yesterday in the Office of the Ombudsman.’
    • ‘It was the worst case of malversation and fraud in the pensions industry, and it was carried out under the trust structure.’
    • ‘Any town officer may be removed from office by the supreme court for any misconduct, maladministration, malfeasance or malversation in office.’
    • ‘It says he can be removed upon two-thirds vote of the senate for ‘misconduct or malversation in office.’’
    • ‘The Regional Trial Court Branch found her guilty of 11 counts of malversation of funds and sentenced her to 172 years and six months in prison in February 2007.’
    • ‘Similarly, for the same period, only 23 municipal and city mayors were convicted for malversation, bribery and theft.’
    crime, lawbreaking, lawlessness, criminality, misconduct, malpractice, corruption, unethical behaviour, immorality, sin, sinfulness, wickedness, badness, evil, vice, iniquity, villainy, delinquency, misbehaviour, mischief, naughtiness


Mid 16th century from French, from malverser, from Latin male ‘badly’ + versari ‘behave’.