verb (used with or without object), pec·u·lat·ed, pec·u·lat·ing.
Origin of peculate
Examples from the Web for peculate
No man ever paid a bribe for the handling of the public money, but to peculate from it.
British Dictionary definitions for peculate
Word Origin for peculate
Word Origin and History for peculate
1749, from Latin peculatus, past participle of peculari "to embezzle," from peculum "private property," originally "cattle" (see peculiar). Related: Peculated; peculating; peculator.