Definition of Defalcate

1. Verb. Appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use. "They defalcate the money "; "The accountant embezzled thousands of dollars while working for the wealthy family"

Exact synonyms: Embezzle, Malversate, Misappropriate, Peculate
Specialized synonyms: Fiddle
Generic synonyms: Steal
Derivative terms: Defalcation, Defalcator, Embezzlement, Embezzler, Malversation, Misappropriation, Peculation, Peculator



Definition of Defalcate

1. v. t. To cut off; to take away or deduct a part of; -- used chiefly of money, accounts, rents, income, etc.

2. v. i. To commit defalcation; to embezzle money held in trust.

Definition of Defalcate

1. Verb. (transitive) To misappropriate funds; to embezzle. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Defalcate

1. [v -CATED, -CATING, -CATES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Defalcate

defacing
defacingly
defacings
defacto
defactos
defaecation
defail
defailance
defailances
defailed
defailing
defailment
defailments
defails
defailure
defalcate (current term)
defalcated
defalcates
defalcating
defalcation
defalcations
defalcator
defalcators
defalk
defalked
defalking
defalks
defamation
defamations
defamatorily

Literary usage of Defalcate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"misappropriate, defalcate, peculate (chiefly «pec.). 2. Referring to the mind: envenom, empoison (literary), rankle (rare), sour, exacerbate (make more ..."

2. Lackawanna Jurist by Lackawanna Bar Association (1889)
"In a proceeding before an alderman to compel a landlord to defalcate, or wt off. the just account of a tenant out of the rent, ..."

3. Words and Their Uses, Past and Present: A Study of the English Language by Richard Grant White (1882)
"Defalcation is the noun of the verb defalcate, which means to lop off, ... Congress might defalcate the tariff, and the defalcation might be large or small ..."

4. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1875)
"to defalcate against the coming salary what has been received in the months since March last, why has it not the power to defalcate iM'mst the members who ..."

5. Jamieson's Dictionary of the Scottish Language: In which the Words are ...by John Jamieson, John Johnstone by John Jamieson, John Johnstone (1867)
"Defalcation is the noun of the verb defalcate, which means to lop off, ... Congress might defalcate the tariff, and the defalcation might be large or small ..."

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