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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

defalcate

\di-FAL-keyt\ , verb;
1.
to steal or misuse money or property entrusted to one's care
Quotes:
The stockbroker defalcated millions from investment clients.
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Origin:
c 1540, from Latin defalcere, from de- + falx/falcem "sickle, scythe"
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