defalcate

verb
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 defalcate (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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defalcate. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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defalcate

intransitive verb
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 defalcate (audio) \ noun

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