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Meaning of DEFALCATE

Pronunciation:  di'falkeyt

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use; "The accountant embezzled thousands of dollars while working for the wealthy family"

DEFALCATE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: embezzle, malversate, misappropriate, peculate
 See Also: steal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*fal"cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defalcated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Defalcating}.] [LL. defalcatus, p. p. of
    defalcare to deduct, orig., to cut off with a sickle; L. de-
    + falx, falcis, a sickle. See {Falchion}.]
    To cut off; to take away or deduct a part of; -- used chiefly
    of money, accounts, rents, income, etc.
          To show what may be practicably and safely defalcated
          from them [the estimates].               --Burke.
  2. \De*fal"cate\, v. i.
    To commit defalcation; to embezzle money held in trust.
    ``Some partner defalcating, or the like.'' --Carlyle.