• WordNet 3.6
    • n peculator someone who violates a trust by taking (money) for his own use
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Peculator One who peculates. "Peculators of the public gold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n peculator One who peculates; an embezzler; a defaulter.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

Eiran, to do him justice, is not a graduate in peculation.
"The Certain Hour" by James Branch Cabell
In the Parliamentary inquiry, many of the directors suffered more for their insolence than for their peculation.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions" by Charles Mackay
Peculation itself is hinted at; nay, Lafayette and others go so far as to speak it out, with attempts at proof.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
Another ill effect of the exclusion would be the temptation to sordid views, to peculation, and, in some instances, to usurpation.
"The Federalist Papers" by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
Scandals in his Department gave rise to sweeping charges of peculation.
"Lincoln" by Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
As to the mere financial mischief that results from domestic peculation, that too is immense from a political point of view.
"Cousin Betty" by Honore de Balzac
You, Hemlock Jones, the Terror of Peculators!
"New Burlesques" by Bret Harte
But it was strongly rumoured that there had been foul play, peculation, even forgery.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
A peculator is, under any circumstances, a criminal.
"Louise de la Valliere" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Ivory Elephant Tusks, 80 peculs of rice and 400bbls.
"Cressy" by Bret Harte

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