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peculate

[pek-yuh-leyt] /ˈpɛk yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), peculated, peculating.
1.
to steal or take dishonestly (money, especially public funds, or property entrusted to one's care); embezzle.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; v. use of peculate embezzlement (now obsolete) < Latin pecūlātus, equivalent to pecūlā() to embezzle, literally, to make public property private + -tus suffix of v. action. See peculiar, -ate1
Related forms
peculation, noun
peculator, noun
unpeculating, adjective
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  • For a hundred years that has been an almost unbroken record of fraud and peculation.
British Dictionary definitions for peculation

peculate

/ˈpɛkjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
to appropriate or embezzle (public money)
Derived Forms
peculation, noun
peculator, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin pecūlārī, from pecūlium private property (originally, cattle); see peculiar
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Word Origin and History for peculation
n.

1650s, noun of action from Latin peculari (see peculate).

peculate

v.

1749, from Latin peculatus, past participle of peculari "to embezzle," from peculum "private property," originally "cattle" (see peculiar). Related: Peculated; peculating; peculator.

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