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defalcate

[ dih-fal-keyt, -fawl- ]
/ d瑟藞f忙l ke瑟t, -藞f蓴l- /
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verb (used without object), de路fal路cat路ed, de路fal路cat路ing.Law.
to be guilty of defalcation.
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Origin of defalcate

1530鈥40; <Medieval Latin d膿falc膩tus (past participle of d膿falc膩re to cut off), equivalent to d膿-de- + falc膩tus;see falcate

OTHER WORDS FROM defalcate

de路fal路ca路tor, nounun路de路fal路cat路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for defalcate

defalcate
/ (藞di藧f忙l藢ke瑟t) /

verb
(intr) law to misuse or misappropriate property or funds entrusted to one

Derived forms of defalcate

defalcation, noundefalcator, noun

Word Origin for defalcate

C15: from Medieval Latin d膿falc膩re to cut off, from Latin de- + falx sickle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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