- to be guilty of defalcation.
Origin of defalcate
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No one can defalcate in this particular; no one can Texas-ize and be quit of his transgressions and his onward travel.
- (intr) law to misuse or misappropriate property or funds entrusted to one
C15: from Medieval Latin dēfalcāre to cut off, from Latin de- + falx sickle
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Word Origin and History for defalcate
1530s, "to lop off," from Medieval Latin defalcatus, past participle of defalcare (see defalcation). Modern scientific use dates from 1808.
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