01 November 2004

Word for the Day

defalcation · "dE-"fâl-'kEI-sh&n, di-; "de-f&l- · noun
1 archaic : deduction, curtailment
2 : the act or an instance of embezzling
3 : a failure to meet a promise or an expectation

Etymology: Medieval Latin defalcatus, past participle of defalcare, from Latin de- + falc-, falx 'sickle;' + noun ending -tion

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