- to steal or take dishonestly (money, especially public funds, or property entrusted to one's care); embezzle.
Origin of peculate
Examples from the Web for peculate
Historical Examples of peculate
No man ever paid a bribe for the handling of the public money, but to peculate from it.
- to appropriate or embezzle (public money)
Word Origin for peculate
1749, from Latin peculatus, past participle of peculari "to embezzle," from peculum "private property," originally "cattle" (see peculiar). Related: Peculated; peculating; peculator.