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 (dĭ-făl′kāt′, -fôl′-, dĕf′əl-)
intr.v. de·fal·cat·ed, de·fal·cat·ing, de·fal·cates
To misuse funds; embezzle.

[Medieval Latin dēfalcāre, dēfalcāt-, to mow, deduct : Latin dē-, de- + Latin falx, falc-, sickle.]

de′fal·ca′tion (dē′făl-kā′shən, -fôl-, dĕf′əl-) n.
de·fal′ca′tor n.
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Noun1.defalcator - someone who violates a trust by taking (money) for his own use
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
stealer, thief - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it
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With a beginning-of-year defalcator (CAPX/V), the performance is slightly better, though its correlations with Q and VGO are still negative.
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