1. to steal or misappropriate money or property that one has been entrusted with
I like to think of it less as embezzling and more as an involuntary goodwill contribution.
From “Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book Fourteen”, by Jim Butcher, 1971 –
From the Old French verb besillier (destroy, pillage) plus the intensifying prefix en through the Anglo-Norman verb embesilier, embesillier, embesellier (steal, destroy) and the Middle English verb embesilen (steal).
Thank you to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.