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

Definition of defalcate

intransitive verb

: to engage in embezzlement

Other Words from defalcate

defalcator \ di-​ˈfal-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce defalcator (audio) , -​ˈfȯl-​ , dē-​ ; ˈde-​fəl-​ \ noun

First Known Use of defalcate

1541, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for defalcate

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

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“Defalcate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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

Legal Definition of defalcate

: to commit defalcation — compare embezzle

Other Words from defalcate

defalcator \ -​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce defalcator (audio) \ noun

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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