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Business English word of the day: to embezzle

to embezzle : détourner (fonds)

embezzlement : détournement de fonds

My boss was fired last week because he was caught embezzling the company’s finances.

Corrupt politicians are often involved in embezzlement scandals.

This strange word actually has its origins in Old French. The word was ‘bésillier’, meaning to ‘torment’ or ‘destroy’. The anglo-saxon prefix ’em’ was added later, and the meaning was altered to ‘taking money fraudulently’.