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de•fal•cate  (di falkāt, -fôl-),USA pronunciation v.i.,  -cat•ed, -cat•ing. [Law.]
  1. Lawto be guilty of defalcation.
de•falca•tor, n. 
  • Medieval Latin dēfalcātus (past participle of dēfalcāre to cut off), equivalent. to dē- de- + falcātus; see falcate
  • 1530–40

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defalcate /ˈdiːfælˌkeɪt/ vb
  1. (intransitive) to misuse or misappropriate property or funds entrusted to one
Etymology: 15th Century: from Medieval Latin dēfalcāre to cut off, from Latin de- + falx sickle

ˈdefalˌcator n

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