Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Topical Word of the Day: Defalcate

defalcate \di-FAL-keyt\, verb:

to steal or misuse money or property entrusted to one's care

The stockbroker defalcated millions from investment clients.

c 1540, from Latin defalcere, from de- + falx/falcem "sickle, scythe"

Enjoy learning new ways to say it, especially ones that sound like they have something to do with a B.M.,


(via Dictionary.com's emailed word of the day list)

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