Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About | Media | Search | Contact  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ



Aug 4, 2011
This week's theme
Yours to discover

This week's words
oenophile
interstitial
stupefy
defalcate
somnolence

Get help with your crossword
Crossword Helper
Discuss
Feedback
RSS/XML
Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

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.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable. -Moliere, actor and playwright (1622-1673)

We need your help

Help us continue to spread the magic of words to readers everywhere

Donate

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2018 Wordsmith