peculate

[ pek-yuh-leyt ]
/ ˈpɛk yəˌleɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. pectous,
  2. pectus,
  3. pectus carinatum,
  4. pectus excavatum,
  5. pectus recurvatum,
  6. peculation,
  7. peculiar,
  8. peculiar institution,
  9. peculiar people,
  10. peculiarity

Origin of peculate

1740–50; v. use of peculate embezzlement (now obsolete) < Latin pecūlātus, equivalent to pecūlā(rī) to embezzle, literally, to make public property private + -tus suffix of v. action. See peculiar, -ate1

Related formspec·u·la·tion, nounpec·u·la·tor, nounun·pec·u·lat·ing, adjective

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peculate

/ (ˈpɛkjʊˌleɪt) /

verb

to appropriate or embezzle (public money)
Derived Formspeculation, nounpeculator, noun

Word Origin for peculate

C18: from Latin pecūlārī, from pecūlium private property (originally, cattle); see peculiar

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