defalcate

defalcate

[dih-fal-keyt, -fawl-]
verb (used without object), defalcated, defalcating. Law.
to be guilty of defalcation.

Origin:
1530–40; < Medieval Latin dēfalcātus (past participle of dēfalcāre to cut off), equivalent to dē- de- + falcātus; see falcate

defalcator, noun
undefalcated, adjective
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defalcate (ˈdiːfælˌkeɪt)
 
vb
(intr) law to misuse or misappropriate property or funds entrusted to one
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin dēfalcāre to cut off, from Latin de- + falx sickle]
 
defal'cation
 
n
 
'defalcator
 
n

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defalcate
1530s, "to lop off," from medical L. defalcat-, pp. stem of defalcare (see defalcation). Modern scientific use dates from 1808.
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