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defalcate
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defalcate

PRONUNCIATION:
(di-FAL-kayt)

MEANING:
verb intr. To misuse funds; to embezzle.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin defalcare (to cut off), from de- (off) + falx (sickle). Earliest documented use: 1541.

USAGE:
"Prakash hit upon a more daring method to defalcate the company."
Samsung Official Dupes Company of Crores; The Economic Times (New Delhi, India); Dec 2, 2005.

See more usage examples of defalcate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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