defalcation

[ dee-fal-key-shuh n, -fawl- ]
/ ˌdi fælˈkeɪ ʃən, -fɔl- /

noun Law.

misappropriation of money or funds held by an official, trustee, or other fiduciary.
the sum misappropriated.

Nearby words

  1. def.,
  2. deface,
  3. defacement,
  4. defaecate,
  5. defalcate,
  6. defamation,
  7. defamatory,
  8. defame,
  9. defamiliarization,
  10. defang

Origin of defalcation

1425–75; late Middle English: deduction from wages (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin dēfalcātiōn- (stem of dēfalcātiō) a taking away, equivalent to dēfalcāt(us) (see defalcate) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsnon·de·fal·ca·tion, noun

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Word Origin and History for defalcation

defalcation

n.

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin defalcationem (nominative defalcatio), noun of action from past participle stem of defalcare, from de- + Latin falx, falcem "sickle, scythe, pruning hook."

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