[ pek-yuh-leyt ]
/ ˈpɛk yəˌleɪt /
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verb (used with or without object), pec·u·lat·ed, pec·u·lat·ing.
to steal or take dishonestly (money, especially public funds, or property entrusted to one's care); embezzle.
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Origin of peculate
First recorded in 1740–50; verb use of peculate “embezzlement” (now obsolete), from Latin past participle and noun pecūlātus “embezzled; embezzlement,” equivalent to pecūlā(rī) ) “to embezzle,” literally, “to make public property private” + -tus suffix of verbal action, derivative of pecu “wealth, livestock, movable property”; see origin at peculiar, -ate1
OTHER WORDS FROM peculatepec·u·la·tion, nounpec·u·la·tor, nounun·pec·u·lat·ing, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for peculate
No man ever paid a bribe for the handling of the public money, but to peculate from it.
He knows how pedants hoodwink people, how priests act the hypocrite, how physicians act the rake, how lawyers peculate.The Three Devils: Luther's, Milton's, and Goethe's|David Masson
British Dictionary definitions for peculate
/ (ˈpɛkjʊˌleɪt) /
to appropriate or embezzle (public money)
Derived forms of peculatepeculation, nounpeculator, noun
Word Origin for peculate
C18: from Latin pecūlārī, from pecūlium private property (originally, cattle); see peculiar
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