- 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 peculation
A striking instance of their peculation appeared in a circumstance that was connected with the British Embassy.
Peculation, bankruptcy, and mutiny had done their work at last.History of the United Netherlands, 1600-09, Vol. IV. Complete
John Lothrop Motley
She replied that if his Highness's presents were accounted to her as peculation, she had been guilty.A German Pompadour
Torreno is the ablest man, but he has injured his character by peculation.The Greville Memoirs
Charles C. F. Greville
There was waste, of course, as well as injustice and peculation.The War With Mexico, Volume II (of 2)
Justin H. Smith
- to appropriate or embezzle (public money)
Word Origin and History for peculation
1650s, noun of action from Latin peculari (see peculate).
1749, from Latin peculatus, past participle of peculari "to embezzle," from peculum "private property," originally "cattle" (see peculiar). Related: Peculated; peculating; peculator.