Definition of defalcate in English:



[with object]formal
  • Embezzle (funds with which one has been entrusted)

    ‘the officials were charged with defalcating government money’
    • ‘Two people convicted of defalcating $25,000 using hacked credit card numbers have been sentenced to up to eight years in prison.’
    • ‘The fund consists of annual member assessments, money collected by subrogation from the defalcating lawyers and interest on the invested monies.’
    • ‘Almost all officials in the country are corrupt although the amounts of money which they defalcate are various.’
    • ‘He admitted defalcating Rs.70 crore to play ‘satta,’ go on lavish foreign tours and bribe bank officials right and left.’
    • ‘A local Chairman and three others have been sued by the Bureau of Anti-Corruption for defalcating about Tk 1.5 lakh from the municipal fund.’
    • ‘In the course of discharging his duties Chhaganbhai defalcated various amounts aggregating to Rs.53,000.’
    • ‘He failed to keep insurance funds separate from agency funds and defalcated from the escrow account in the amount of approximately $400,000.’
    • ‘He was accused that while director of the Oil Refinery he defalcated $107 million.’
    • ‘He has been a competent attorney and had a good record until he defalcated money from the estate of Birger.’
    • ‘This little piece of ground, which belonged to property leased to a certain William, ‘it was thought no injury to defalcate’ and include in his lease.’
    • ‘The Geelong legal firm with which he commenced his articles collapsed six months later when one of its members defalcated substantial funds.’
    • ‘Similarly, the same official had defalcated Rs 18,000 during July and August 1998.’
    • ‘Without disclosing the source of his information, he wrote to Abdullah that it had come to his notice that he had defalcated heavy amounts from the state treasury.’
    purloin, thieve, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, run off with, appropriate, abstract, carry off, shoplift
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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘deduct, subtract’): from medieval Latin defalcat- ‘lopped’, from the verb defalcare, from de- ‘away from, off’ + Latin falx, falc- ‘sickle’.