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Aug 24, 2005
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Miscellaneous words

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propitious
legerity
malversation
axiomatic
sodality

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malversation

(mal-vuhr-SAY-shuhn) Pronunciation RealAudio

noun: Corrupt behavior in public office.

From Middle French malversation, from malverser (to embezzle), from Latin maleversari (to behave badly), from male (ill) + versari (to behave), from vertere (to turn). Ultimately from Indo-European root wer- (to turn or bend) that is also the source of words such as wring, weird, writhe, worth, revert, and universe.

"Ramon Magsaysay called for inquiries into the alleged malversation of the Motor Vehicles Users Charge and the reported overpricing of the project."
Rome C. Jorge; Senator Proposes Reforms; The Manila Times (Philippines); Jul 22, 2005.

See more usage examples of malversation in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause. A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)

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