defalcate

[ dih-fal-keyt, -fawl- ]
/ dɪˈfæl keɪt, -ˈfɔl- /

verb (used without object), de·fal·cat·ed, de·fal·cat·ing. Law.

to be guilty of defalcation.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM defalcate

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

defalcate
/ (ˈdiːfælˌkeɪt) /

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 dēfalcāre to cut off, from Latin de- + falx sickle
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