defalcate

[dih-fal-keyt, -fawl-]
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Origin of defalcate

1530–40; < Medieval Latin dēfalcātus (past participle of dēfalcāre to cut off), equivalent to dē- de- + falcātus; see falcate
Related formsde·fal·ca·tor, nounun·de·fal·cat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for defalcate

defalcate

verb
  1. (intr) law to misuse or misappropriate property or funds entrusted to one
Derived Formsdefalcation, noundefalcator, noun

Word Origin for defalcate

C15: from Medieval Latin dēfalcāre to cut off, from Latin de- + falx sickle
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Word Origin and History for defalcate
v.

1530s, "to lop off," from Medieval Latin defalcatus, past participle of defalcare (see defalcation). Modern scientific use dates from 1808.

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