peculate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v peculate appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use "The accountant embezzled thousands of dollars while working for the wealthy family"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Peculate To appropriate to one's own use the property of the public; to steal public moneys intrusted to one's care; to embezzle. "An oppressive, . . . rapacious, and peculating despotism."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • peculate To appropriate to one′ s own use money or goods intrusted to one′ s care; embezzle; pilfer; steal: originally, as in the Roman law, denoting embezzlement of moneys of the state.
    • n peculate Peculation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Peculate pek′ū-lāt to take for one's own use money or property entrusted to one's care: to embezzle: to steal
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. peculatus, p. p. of peculari, to peculate, akin to peculium, private property. See Peculiar
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. peculāri, -ātuspecūlium, private property, akin to pecunia, money.

Usage

In literature:

Within three weeks the host was a prisoner of State, accused of peculation in office.
"The Story of Versailles" by Francis Loring Payne
Charcoal 0 3 4 per pecul.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
He has thanked the peculators for not despairing of their commonwealth.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The number and value of his books was urged against him, on his trial, as evidence of his peculations.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 78, April, 1864" by Various
The price it bears in the island is about ten or twelve dollars the pecul.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Carlos believed him capable of anything but a vulgar peculation.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
A dispute may always be raised in council in order to cover oppression and peculation elsewhere.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VIII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
They found a rumor running through the country of great peculations and oppressions.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Governor Beauharnois had always refused to believe the charges of private peculation against M. de la Verendrye.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
Heemskerk's second wife was so dishonest that her husband was obliged to go about excusing her peculations.
"Holland, v. 1 (of 2)" by Edmondo de Amicis
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In poetry:

Not one word or deed—not venereal sore, discoloration, privacy of
the onanist, putridity of gluttons or rum-drinkers, peculation,
cunning, betrayal, murder, seduction, prostitution, but has
results beyond death, as really as before death.
"Manhattan Streets I Saunter'd, Pondering" by Walt Whitman