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DEFALCATE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does defalcate mean? 

DEFALCATE (verb)
  The verb DEFALCATE has 1 sense:

1. appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use

  Familiarity information: DEFALCATE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEFALCATE (verb)


Sense 1defalcate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

defalcate; embezzle; malversate; misappropriate; peculate

Context example:

The accountant embezzled thousands of dollars while working for the wealthy family

Hypernyms (to "defalcate" is one way to...):

steal (take without the owner's consent)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "defalcate"):

fiddle (commit fraud and steal from one's employer)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something from somebody


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