defalcate

verb

de·​fal·​cate di-ˈfal-ˌkāt How to pronounce defalcate (audio)
-ˈfȯl-,
dē-;
ˈde-fəl- How to pronounce defalcate (audio)
defalcated; defalcating

intransitive verb

: to engage in embezzlement
defalcator
di-ˈfal-ˌkā-tər How to pronounce defalcate (audio)
-ˈfȯl-
dē-;
ˈde-fəl-
noun

Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin defalcatus, past participle of defalcare, from Latin de- + falc-, falx sickle

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of defalcate was in 1541

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Cite this Entry

“Defalcate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defalcate. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

defalcate

intransitive verb
defalcated; defalcating
: to commit defalcation compare embezzle
defalcator noun

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