• WordNet 3.6
    • v defalcate 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Defalcate To commit defalcation; to embezzle money held in trust. "Some partner defalcating , or the like."
    • v. t Defalcate 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]."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • defalcate To cut off; take away or deduct a part of; curtail: used chiefly of money, accounts, rents, income, etc.
    • defalcate To be guilty of defalcation; default in one's accounts.
    • defalcate Curtailed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Defalcate de-fal′kāt to deduct a part of, of money, &c.: to embezzle money held on trust
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. defalcatus, p. p. of defalcare, to deduct, orig., to cut off with a sickle; L. de-, + falx, falcis, a sickle. See Falchion
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. difalcāre, -ātum, to cut away—L. dis-, off, falcāre, to cut—falx, falcis, a sickle.


In literature:

What, then, was the cause of Griffo's defalcation, and who had inspired him to this signal piece of treachery?
"The God of Love" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
The present generation has become tolerably familiar with defalcations and robberies involving enormous sums.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
On Monday I came on the first trace of defalcation.
"The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Through Hagar, the other servants, now few in number, were informed of the defalcation, and the extent of damage done by Miss Celine Leroque.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
He made no allusion to my defalcations.
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
The Trade Unions were divided in their allegiance; some whispered of faith and hope, others of financial defalcations.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
The "Citizen of Burlington" replied by accusing the directors of defalcation and falsifying their books.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
Announce a small defalcation, such as Clayte's bond would cover, so you could collect there; use all the machinery of the police.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
But nothing yet concerning the defalcation and disappearance of Angelo Puma.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
Papineau attacked Dalhousie as if he had been personally responsible for these defalcations.
"The 'Patriotes' of '37" by Alfred D. Decelles

In news:

Chapter 7 – Nondischargeable Debt – Fraud Or Defalcation .